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.

© 2020 Ellen Orseck and Technical Advisor William H. Miller

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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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