Sunday, April 30, 2000

'Pigall' creator turned Chagall painting into swine art

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Every day through Oct. 31, the Enquirer is spotlighting a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project, which begins May 14 in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Here's a look at:

[photo] Ellen Miller and "Pigall"
(Enquirer photo)
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        Artist: Ellen Miller, 37, artist, home in Kenwood, studio in New Richmond.

        Sponsor: Cincinnati Art Museum, Sara Vance, donor.

        This pig's pen: The Cincinnati Flower Show, Wednesday-Sunday, then on to the Art Museum from then on.

        You were inspired by: The Cincinnati Art Museum's painting by Marc Chagall.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: When you experience art you can be moved by it, so the red rooster and the man in the Chagall painting are being literally moved from the frame onto the pig.

        Completing the project took: Six weeks.

        Swine over matter: Traditional oil paint, nothing newfangled.

        Your high on the hog was: The challenge of taking a two-dimensional painting and putting it on a three-dimensional object. I got to use Chagall's images, but I also had my own freedom to embellish it and make it my own.

        Pig peeve: Losing sleep thinking about the pig.

        Best pig tale: There was a Chagall lithograph in my family's home when I was growing up, and now it's in my personal collection, so it is something that has traveled with me throughout my life.

        My favorite pork dish: Moo shu pork.

        The materials cost: About $300.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? In an art show all the artists are doing their thing, but this is great because we are all starting at the same point. It will span the whole spectrum of what is art and what is not.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Anjelica Huston.

        Complete details on the Big Pig Gig at

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