Woman Carrying Roosters, by Clark Hulings

Fowl Play is Serious Business

“You may have an easier way to get your ingredients home, but with a resurgence of farm-to-table cooking, some of you may be wrestling with the real thing. “

There’s a fair amount of work involved in cooking from scratch, as many of you know. In this 1999 Woman Carrying Roosters drawing, we’re imagining this lady is on her way home to get a big pot of chicken soup going for dinner. What are your family’s comfort-food traditions around the holidays? You may have an easier way to get your ingredients home, but with a resurgence of farm-to-table cooking, some of you may be wrestling with the real thing. Martha Stewart has been teaching her public how to raise chickens for years (although we bet she has someone else pluck them), so you’d be in fashionable company.

Walk the Walk

Hulings doesn’t often place his human figures in a position where they’re staring-down the viewer—more often their attention is absorbed in an activity or looking sideways or into the distance. But this woman is all-business as she looks straight at us, focused on the task at hand and quietly warning you to step aside if you’re in her way. Her clothing is an interesting mix, as her dress and jacket look like she could have just been at the office, and her rubber boots look as if she had to switch footwear to get the job done. She clearly knows what she’s doing with livestock, as both roosters are in her left hand and they’re not breaking her confident stride. Her right hand could be swinging with her walk or gesturing to the viewer, but either way it shows her in-motion and available for the next task.

Home to Roost

This drawing is included in the 1999 Catalogue, which you can pick up at the Clark Hulings store and enjoy 20% off with the HOLIDAY2018 code. Just send us a note if you have questions about shipping times on any of the prints, books, or giclées at the Hulings store.

Elizabeth Hulings