Sunday, May 14, 2000

   Cartoonist's calling: 'I was born to paint pigs'

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is the 15th in a series spotlighting a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project, which begins today in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

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        Name of pig: Readers are invited to submit a name for the Enquirer's pig. The winner will get a $1,000 savings bond. See page G5 in the Tempo section of today's Cincinnati Enquirer for entry form.

        Artist: Enquirer cartoonist Jim Borgman, 46, Hartwell.

        Sponsor: The Cincinnati Enquirer.

        This pig's pen: “On Fountain Square at Vine Street, right on the dividing line between east and west Cincinnati,” Mr. Borgman says.

        What's the pig idea? One side of the pig shows scenes typical of Cincinnati's East side, the other is the West side.

        You were inspired by: “I was inspired by a week-long series I did 10 years ago when the Berlin Wall came down, on the wall between the two sides of Cincinnati.” (Borgman's East side-West side series).

        You want people to look at this pig and think: “I'm glad I'm from Kentucky.”

        Completing the project took: About 80 hours.

        Swine over matter: Acrylic paints and paint markers for the lines.

        Your high on the hog was: “Getting outside those little rectangles on the newspaper page and painting this big, colorful thing. I think I've found my calling. I was born to paint pigs.”

        Best pig tale: “My father was a sign painter. He's been dead for years, but I used to love to watch him paint. He had such a steady hand. I would have loved to have had his help on this project.”

        My favorite pork dish: “Barbecued ribs.”

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? “Every cartoon I've ever seen.”

        What do you call this pig: That's up to the readers.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? “It was too much fun to do to be art.”

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? It would take two, John Goodman for the West, Zsa Zsa Gabor for the East.”

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