Sunday, August 13, 2000

Pig Parade / Pigmalion

Playhouse artist created loverly lady

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 106th 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

[photo] | ZOOM |
There are specialists even among pig artists. Lisa Molyneux, 39, of Pleasant Ridge, is the expert on theatrical hams. She is the charge scenic artist at Playhouse in the Park and the creator of Pigmalion and the Phantom of the Slopera.

        Sponsor:Playhouse in the Park.

        This pig's pen:Playhouse in the Park.

        You were inspired by: George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, which was adapted into the musical My Fair Lady.

        What's the pig idea? She's Eliza Doolittle, the flower girl that Henry Higgins turns into a lady.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: Isn't she loverly?

        Completing the project took: Two pigs took eight weeks.

        What's the matter? I'm more fortunate than most artists who are doing pigs, because I have a professional workshop that is designed for things like this. We have protective eyewear, respirators, ventilation systems. Still, I used Aqua-Resin, a safe, water-based alternative to the toxic materials most artists used.

        Your high on the hog was: Making her beautiful. People associate Eliza Doolittle with Audrey Hepburn, and this is a pig with a 75-inch waistline. I built up her cheek bones, gave her big lips and pretty eyes.

        Pig peeve: Getting her skirt to stay in the right shape. We flipped her upside down and sprayed 20 cans of button foam up her skirt until it got stiff.

        My favorite pork dish: Hickory smoked pork loin cooked on the barbecue at home.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Theater design.

        The materials cost: $600.

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


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