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The artist-wife of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says a piece she did that satirizes her deer-hunting husband as a peacock standing over a disemboweled deer was a way to inject a sense of humor into their lives.
Katie Hunt made the comments Wednesday while giving a tour of her artwork on display in Shumlin's Statehouse office.
Another papier-mache piece of hers depicts her as a cow in high heels overseeing three members of the media, also depicted as cows. The 'journalists' are attentively plying the tools of their trade: a camera, a laptop and a newspaper.
'With lives like ours you kind of have to have a good sense of humor,' said the normally shy Hunt who tries to stay out of the limelight that shines on her husband. 'It would be pretty unhealthy for us not to be making fun of our lives here.'
Hunt, who married the Democratic governor in December, did the sculptures as part of her senior thesis at Mount Holyoke College where it was displayed for several weeks before it was moved to the Vermont Statehouse on Monday.
'It's also to let people look through a small window into my life,' she said. 'I'm not into formal introductions so I thought this would be kind of a fun way of showing who I am.'
Shumlin asked the Statehouse curator for permission...
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