Pigcasso was just four weeks old when animal-rights activist Joanne Lefson saved her from the slaughterhouse.
Sometimes life has more in store for you than you ever could have imagined. Take for example ‘Pigcasso’, the 450-pound pig who’s been making a name for herself in the South African art community.
Pigcasso was just four weeks old when animal-rights activist Joanne Lefson saved her from the slaughterhouse. With a new piggy at home, Lefson was struggling to find ways to keep Pigcasso entertained. At first, she was given a football to play with. But after it became clear that football wasn’t her thing, Lefson decided to give her a paintbrush instead. Thus, ‘Pigcasso’ was born!
"I do not force her to paint. She paints when she wants to,” says Lefson.
“Often, we pack an overloaded picnic basket and she pigs out on organic strawberries, guavas and caramel-coated popcorn in between brush strokes. For Pigcasso, it’s simply hog heaven.’’
“[Pigcasso’s] art is probably what you’d call expressionist.”
Lefson jests that maybe one day we will see Pigcasso’s work displayed at “the finest galleries in New York and Paris.” Which might not seem too far-fetched, seeing as how Pablo Picasso was once a resident in Pigalle, a neighborhood in Paris that still serves as a thriving hub in the art community.
However, you will definitely know when you see a Pigcasso original. She likes to “sign” each of her works by dipping her nose in the paint and then pressing it onto the canvas. All joking aside, Lefson is hoping that Pigcasso’s newly gained fame and notoriety will put a bit of spotlight onto a bigger issue: that she believes pigs are “amazingly intelligent, exceptional animals” who deserve more in their lives than simply waiting to become food.
What do you think about Pigcasso?