Sumo Wrestlers

 

My son Jason gave me a rubber sumo wrestler doll for hand exercises. The three-inch doll inspired me to see myself and the world differently.  I imagined myself empowered by the wrestler.

 

Houston Restaurant Ouisie’s Table allowed me to sketch and photograph the sumo with their desserts. Kenny and Ziggy’s cooked traditional deli foods for him. The Dessert Gallery, the Grove restaurant and Gravitas in Houston and bistros in Venice have been the site of sumo stagings as well as Whole Foods grocery stores.

 

He remains a humorous but significant source of ideas about body image and indulgence.

Taking a Bite Out of Life, 2008
Taking a Bite Out of Life, 2008

acrylic and oil on hard board 30 x 30 inches From the Collection of Terry and Mary Murphy

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Frozen Fish, 2014
Frozen Fish, 2014

watercolor and ink on paper 23.5 x 23.5 inches

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Tools of the Trade, 2013
Tools of the Trade, 2013

watercolor From the Collection of Lynn and Drew Marsh

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Cheek to Cheek, 2008
Cheek to Cheek, 2008

acrylic and oil on hard board 30 x 30 inches From the Collection of Catherine and Shaesby Scott

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Saying Grace, 2006
Saying Grace, 2006

acrylic and oil on hard board 30 x 30 inches From the Collection of Collin Kennedy

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Death by Chocolate, 2014
Death by Chocolate, 2014

oil on canvas 16 X 20 inches From the Collection of

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Intoxication, 2009
Intoxication, 2009

oil and collage on canvas 35.5 x 35.5 inches

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Cuppa Joe, 2007
Cuppa Joe, 2007

acrylic and oil on hard board 12 x 12 inches From the Collection of Danny Luongo, Vietnam Restaurant

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Peppery, 2013
Peppery, 2013

acrylic and oil on wood 12 x 12 inches

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Piece O' Cake, 2009
Piece O' Cake, 2009

acrylic and oil on hard board 14 x 14 inches

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A Spoonful of Sumo, 2008
A Spoonful of Sumo, 2008

acrylic and oil on hard board 30 x 30 inches From the Collection of Helen Kent

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Facing the Cupcake, 2008
Facing the Cupcake, 2008

acrylic and oil on hard board 30 x 30 inches From the Collection of Dr. Sharon Peterson

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