Self-Love for a Pig Girl
Soft Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
This piece was created for a drawing project with the theme Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales.
For this project we were to choose a myth, legend or fairy tale and use it as inspiration for our drawing. You were allowed to “rewrite” or add a contemporary twist to the ending of the story.
The myth/legend that I chose was “The Pig Lady / The Pig-Headed Lady” which started around the 1600s-1800s. The main story came from a woman named Tannakin Skinker, who was a woman born with a head of a pig. When she was older, her parents tried to marry her off in order to “cure” her. Unfortunately, because she was so “ugly” nobody wanted to marry her, and she spent her whole life with a pig head until her death. (Source: The Myth and Legends Podcast).
After researching this myth/legend, I felt very sympathetic for the pig-lady and wanted to put a better twist on her story, something that was both happy and contemporary. My contemporary twist involved the pig lady taking a mirror selfie, and the happier ending is that she never needed anyone to cure her, if anything she needed to find the confidence and love in herself! This piece is solely focused on the pig lady turning her life around for the better and discovering self-love.
Myths and Legends Podcast: https://www.mythpodcast.com/444/12-pig-faced-women-citation-needed/