Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Pig Parade: Wake Up and Smell the Bacon

Artist celebrates the aroma of sizzling sow

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 81st in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles at

        Artist: Lynn Rose, Hyde Park. She is also the creator of the pig “Country Ham.”

[photo] | ZOOM |
        Sponsor: Greater Cincinnati Hotel and Motel Association.

        This pig's pen: Vine Street at Garfield Place, downtown.

        You were inspired by: I just woke up one morning and thought “Wake up and smell the bacon,” and realized that was a good name for a pig.

        What's the pig idea? Flying dishes and coffee cups, knives and forks, a conglomeration in different colors.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: There's no message, except maybe “Come and buy my art.”

        Completing the project took: About a week.

        What's the matter?: Acrylics. It's so bright because the background color is cadmium red, my favorite color.

        Your high on the hog was: Painting two pigs at once in Cincinnati while my daughter was about to have a baby in Chicago. I kept switching between artist mode and grandmother mode.

        Pig peeve: I had my pigs sanded and primed by a body shop. It was really expensive.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? It's my own style, the way I work. I thought it would look good on a pig. It probably looks better on the pig than it does on my canvases.

        The materials cost: Together, my two pigs cost me $1,500.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? It's an autobiographical pig so I'd have to play it myself to do it justice.


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