How does the traveller see it?
(Fragment of a post from a Facebook page)
How do you get a pig into a sack?
Visual art has to be done on a canvas, you say?
This carpet from Oaxaca, Mexico, cost me a hefty sum. That can be attributed to the fact that its author, Luis Martinez Jimenez, is the finest carpet-maker in Oaxaca. This was the only work of his which I found containing action; set against the backdrop of village life, we see people trying to put a pig into a sack.
A Google search for how to get a pig into a sack, unfortunately, turned up no results.
Here on the carpet, we can see the proper sequence of actions. Villagers grab the pig’s hind legs and direct him (or her) into the sack. Sure, the piggy is not enjoying this, but he’s got nowhere to run – only into the sack that two Zapotec women are holding out for him.
Does anyone still doubt the idea that art belongs to the people?