Arts·COVID Residencies

Strange things happen in isolation — like sculpting a huge hog in your house

It wasn't the original plan, but David Constantino Salazar has brought his large-scale sculpture home to work on with his kids during social distancing.

'It's bringing me structure and balance, bonding with my children'

It wasn't the original plan, but David Constantino Salazar has brought his large-scale sculpture home to work on with his kids during social distancing. 2:59

In our self-shot video series COVID Residencies, we're checking out how artists are adapting their practices in isolation, whether it's diving into different processes or getting lost in their sketchbooks.

David Constantino Salazar is used to working at a variety of scales, but the pig that's currently sitting in his house is a bit on the massive side. The work's called Hogtown, and it's at home because he can't work in the studio, and his children are out of school - homeschooling has become a priority, and some of that takes place around (or on) the giant hog.

(David Constantino Salazar)

In this video, Salazar talks about how Hogtown was inspired by the imbalance relationship we have with our environment and its animals, the ones we keep as pets or the ones we farm. And he'll explain how a signature feature of the sculpture - the impetuous tongue his pig is sticking out - was inspired by watching his kids at play. 

Follow David Constantino Salazar here and keep a lookout for the stories we're bringing you from other artists in isolation as part of COVID Residencies. Stay safe, friends!

(David Constantino Salazar)

CBC Arts understands that this is an incredibly difficult time for artists and arts organizations across this country. We will do our best to provide valuable information, share inspiring stories of communities rising up and make us all feel as (virtually) connected as possible as we get through this together. If there's something you think we should be talking about, let us know by emailing us at cbcarts@cbc.ca. See more of our COVID-related coverage here.

About the Author

Lise Hosein is a producer at CBC Arts. Before that, she was an arts reporter at JazzFM 91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an art history instructor and is always quite terrified of bees.

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