Manchester has new Halloween themed mural on a South Spring Street barn painted by fine artist Nikki Weisman.
The work, “Cosmic Cow” is her first mural. It features a three-eyed bovine on a background of stars.
Weisman’s family friend saw the new graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art and Design’s studio at her grandparent’s Manchester home and thought a mural would look good on the building.
“She really loves Halloween,” Weisman said. “She made this joke that artist stay safe with barn animals.”
Weisman said that much of the gallery work she’s seen involves conservative, idyllic subjects like landscapes, horses splashing in a creek. So, I played on that, a cow, but something different.”
The idea of a space cow came to Weisman during one of long nightly talks that she shares with her grandma. She quickly sketched out a study of the cow and the barn owner loved it.
“What I like most about my art is that I make up stories about the subjects. The story behind the creature. Even though it’s a simple dragon made out of a rose, there’s a story behind it,” she said.
Weisman graduated this year, following an abrupt end of the semester due to COVID-19. With little notice, she was sent home from school, even told to leave her projects in place.
“The teacher was like, just leave everything here. You’ll be back in a week. That didn’t work out.
She specializes in sculptures and creature making and has dabbled in puppet making.
“I always try to throw in something different so it’s not just the same imagery,” she said.
Weisman is working as a freelance artist showing at galleries and entering contests.
The “Cosmic Cow” doesn’t have a story yet. He just appeared.