Several years ago The Crandall Library in Glens Falls, New York had an exhibition called. “Battenkill Inspired”. This year Hannah deGarmo started filming the people in that exhibition. All of us live on or near the river. I traverse it every day on my way to work. Finding how to convey both the look and feeling of this river has preoccupied me for years.
Shushan is a tiny hamlet in upstate New York located on the famous trout fishing river the Battenkill. We don’t have much in the way of industry as the shirt and collar factories were burnt down at the turn of the century by none other than our police chief — Shushan hasn’t had a policeman since. But what we still do have is a lot of farming. A few years ago Michael Yezzi and Jennifer Small bought a large farm at the top of a hill overlooking the Battenkill where they raise heritage pigs mostly for the New York City restaurant market. These pigs come in a range of colors and are smaller than contemporary pigs.
I tend to see the world through the filter of art history and one of the pigs reminded me of this drawing by Albrecht Dürer.
Dürer again used pigs in his illustration “The Prodigal Son Among the Pigs”.
Albrecht Dürer, “The Prodigal Son Among the Pigs”
Study for Albrecht Dürer’s, “The Prodigal Son Among the Pigs”
If you want to find the passage in the Bible where this came from you can go to this website, which connects art with Biblical references to the passage in the Bible that it relates to: http://www.artbible.info