Monday, August 21, 2000

Pig Parade: Sow Power

She is woman, hear her boar

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 114th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at

        It's a woman's world on Sow Power, the pig that celebrates empowered women. Artist Ursula Roma of Northside used her pig to show women at work and play.

        Ms. Roma is an illustrator who uses her art to “give a distinctive visual presence” to progressive and nonprofit institutions such as Greenpeace, Women's Crisis Center, Alice Paul House, Talbert House, AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati and the YWCA, where she has created murals. See her artwork at

        Sponsor: YWCA.

        This pig's pen: Main Library, Walnut Street entrance.

        You were inspired by: The wonderful women in my life.

        What's the pig idea? To show images of empowered women at work and play; scientists, doctors, teachers, mothers, artists, dancers, farmers, computer specialists, musicians, carpenters, caregivers, athletes, students, etc.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: Women are awesome!

        Completing the project took: 75 hours.

        What's the matter? One shot enamel. It gives rich colors. It blends well, but breathing the fumes can make you miserable.

        Your high on the hog was: I was working in a garage, in a yard with a picket fence around it. The neighborhood kids would peek through the fence and giggle, so I let them in and got them to try to guess which women in the pictures had which jobs. It was a good test market.

        Pig peeve: Fifteen hours sanding fiberglass wearing a turtleneck, long pants, a respirator mask and gloves in 90 degree, 80 percent humidity, sweaty summer days.

        Best pig tale: There are some rust spots on my car, so while I was painting with the enamel, I was tempted to paint some flowers over the rust spots, but so far I've resisted.

        The materials cost: $425.


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