McMenamins St. Francis Interiors 2017 — photo 51 of 62: “I Love You, Little Pig” by McMenamins mosaic artist Mary Tapogna is one of many works of art gracing the walls of their Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend, Oregon. May 2017. About this painting Hadley wrote:
My piece is a present day (2016) version / replica of my mixed-​media mosaic piece that I created in 1997 for McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland. It features a poem from my Letters to Lois series, which was originally crafted from photocopied pages of a 1930s yearbook belonging to Kennedy School student Lois Erickson. This poem is probably my favorite of all. The overall piece is made from assorted materials ... glass, mirror, ceramic, metal, shells, jewels, plastic and so on. It includes two clay pieces (a star and a pine tree) from potter Dan Ennis, a neighborhood artist who attended Kennedy School as a kid. I used some of his tiles in my Kennedy School homage piece to Dan’s school teacher, Doris Gebers.

While I’ve been creating mosaic human portraits for years, this is one of the few animal portraits that I’ve made. I think I am on to something! This sweet pig portrait features a pink ‘L’ tile ... L for Lois. There’s a small homage to ‘The Man’, St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. And I’ve also included white hexagon tiles here and there, as they are featured in the original piece.
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article My Pilgrimage to McMenamins St. Francis.
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