Living High, Low And Middle On The Hog
Title: Living High, Low And Middle On The Hog
This painting portrays a day that is large in the memory of men who, as boys, lived in the country and whose family grew a lot of their own food. The title comes from plantation and sharecropping days when you didn’t always pay your help in cash, but in meat or produce. What cuts of meat you got depended on your station in life and one reason why soul cooking often includes chitterlings and neck bones. “Eating low on the hog” meant those marginal parts of the pig.
Miss Alice’s son, Tim, recalls
I remember going with my dad to Louis Dees’ farm in Eudora, Mississippi; and when we got there, we found Mr. Dees getting ready to kill a hog. I was about twelve at the time and Mr. Dees let me use his .22 rifle to shoot the pig between the eyes. I am squeamish about things like that today, but we cosmopolitan folks have to remember our steaks, hams etc., do not come from farm animals who are done in by their suicidal inclinations. Anyway, what I remember about that day is exactly what is portrayed in this print.
Available print is 10×16 and will arrive unmatted in cardboard tube.
Original not currently part of Museum collection.