Friday, August 25, 2000

Pig Parade: Foodie Tootie in the Land of a Sowsand Foods

This little piggy's going to market

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 118th 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

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“I didn't pick the name,” says artist Mary Ann Lederer, who has done three pigs, all on vegetarian themes. “It's Jungle Jim's pig. It's not my name, but I think it's my prettiest pig.”

        Ms. Lederer, 59, lives in North Fairmont. She has been a paraplegic since she was shot in the back by an intruder 24 years ago.

        “I only took one art class in my life, at the Art Academy, when I was 19, but I decided to major in sociology. After I was shot, I decided if I'm going to be in this state, I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to paint.” Her paintings are on exhibit at Cedar Village Nursing Home in Mason.

        This pig's pen: Court Street, between Walnut and Main.

        What's the pig idea? It's covered with all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables with people painted over them.

        What's the matter?: Acrylics.

        Your high on the hog was: Taking pictures of the neighborhood kids with the pig when they came to visit.

        Pig peeve: My apartment is very small, so one pig had to go out before the next one came in to paint, and it had to be put in just the right place so I could get by to get from the bedroom to the kitchen to the bathroom.

        Best pig tale: After the Big Pig Gig is over, Jungle Jim's wants to hang the pig from the ceiling in the store, so after I was done, they asked me to do more to the underside of the pig. Friends turned it over for me so I could paint a person on the bottom.

        My favorite pork dish: Fakin' Bacon at health food stores.

        What do you call this pig: I call it Jungle Jane.

        The materials cost: The paint for all three pigs cost about $300.


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