5ft hog at Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA)
Honored to find out “Hog Butcher for the World” (5ft woodcut) made it into the 2016 Wisconsin Biennial…[out of] 650 works, the three jurors (Pete Olson, Tammie Rubin, and Graeme Reid) selected 52 works…. Most exciting is that this is held at the beautiful Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin.
After gathering all the images and ideas (see Part 1 for this rather agonizing process), you’ve got to get the whole thing onto a flat, 2-D surface in some sort of order that is understandable, so that you can start carving without a lot of guesswork. Thinking where you have to cut slows the carving waaaaaay down.
It started with an invitation
…to participate in a 40 x 60 Woodcut Challenge! (Actually, it started with an inquiry about whether or not there were still any openings to participate, and thankfully, they’d seen my work and welcomed me to take part).
40 x 60 Challenge?
Feet as big as babies!
That was the first thing I noticed as one of the tiny black & white babies ran under her tail and screeched to a halt right in front of her foot. The sow’s foot was actually bigger than her baby!
…that’s what this painting is really about.