What was it about PIGShibition and the Ozark Literacy Council that persuaded you to be a part of this unique event?
Psychology & Counseling Associates is proud to be a part of the PIGShibition 2012 Community Art Project. PIGShibition promoted local artists while raising funds for the Ozark Literacy Council. This was hard to resist. Above all it heightened awareness of our community’s literacy issues. I was especially intrigued when I heard twenty-five larger-than-life PIG sculptures would be displayed throughout our beautiful city through Spring 2013. These custom works of art reminded me of the wonderful cows in Chicago.
Julian: Gosh, OLC wouldn’t want their own six foot tall pig to paint? There is little persuasion needed to have this much fun for such a good cause!
Why did you pick the pig design that you did? What was it about that design that spoke to you above all the other great choices?
Through this design Dr. Shackelford and Julian wanted to express the psychotherapy process. The pig itself springs from the mind on the base and the designs along his body evolve from abstracted loose elements which interconnect to become entwined gears. In a sense several paintings emerge from each other. The gears house alphanumeric or other direct graphic elements such as musical notes. The abstract elements house only color to avoid directed associations. These elements are all included together to represent the conversion of internal thought into concrete actions and outward expressions. Of course, depending on how the viewer approaches the sculpture it could be interpreted into new unexpected meanings. The viewer’s interpretive role is paramount, for while there are concrete elements, others are intentionally subtle to force the viewer’s mind to work and fill in the remaining narrative.
What do people say to you about your pig?
I love to stand with people and listen as they discover various aspects of What’s The Pig Idea. And of course that is the whole idea!
Julian: I have had a lot of people compliment the sculpture because they find a particular pocket of color or texture they love.
Any anecdotes or comments you’d like to share?
Julian added a tiny replica of The Kiss, my favorite painting by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, as a gift. I was so surprised and delighted when I saw this for the first time. Thank you Julian! I won’t have to travel to Vienna to see it in person any more.
Julian: I met with Dr. Shackelford a few times in the process and at one meeting her son asked about one particular element on the sculpture…a gear representing the square root of 123. He said to me, apparently skeptical of my mathematical abilities, ” Is there actually a square root of 123?“
To which I responded, “Yes, but it’s completely irrational.“