It doesn’t, actually, and I’ll explain why. (1, 2) When I was a teenager, I was fascinated by the idea of being a pig, with piglets (and later pigs). (3) After I left school at 16 because my mother believed all art ought to be for adults, I started learning to draw. (4) I think I’d like to say it’s my favorite art, but I don’t want to upset you by saying that. (5) I had a drawing made of a pig that looked exactly like me, and I still like drawing it. I just don’t like thinking about it.
Do you always look at yourself in the mirror?
No. I didn’t notice it until a few years ago when someone told me to. I’m sorry!
How does your work relate to contemporary art?
Very little. My work is more or less a mirror image of art that I see around me, and it’s more or less a mirror version of the work of others. I see my own work as mirroring the work of others and seeing that they can’t draw their own pig very well. The differences are striking and interesting, but not really important to me.
Why does this work appear in the Museum?
Because it’s funny. (1)
What made you draw the painting?
I’ve always been fascinated with the pig and piglets. I think drawing a pig has always been part of me: I had to paint one, even before I decided to draw art. It was one that I felt like my grandmother would look down on as a pig. It was one that I couldn’t imagine my own mother eating. It would have been the only pig in her life.
Can you explain the inspiration for the pig?
In some way, this was my answer to my mother. I didn’t know what pig is, or what it meant. The next day, I looked it up. It was my only answer. I’d read one of the best books on pig, and I realized I was a pig of the same breed, the same age. So, drawing a pig was a way I could say I was my own mother, not my mother’s pig, and it led to drawing the portrait of a pig.
How can readers relate to the subject of the painting?
They will relate to my image of the Pig. And most