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Mixed media painting on paper of a black panther drinking water in the Swiss Alps by Walton Ford

Walton Ford

Woche Neun, 2018
Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper
29 7/8 x 22 3/4 inches (75.9 x 57.8 cm)
© Walton Ford Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Marta Gnyp: I recently saw your beautiful work that has a sad, dying wombat playing the main role. Why a wombat? 
Walton Ford: I do a lot of reading to get inspiration for my work. I have realized over the years that what I am most interested in are things you can probably classify as a cultural history of animals – particularly wild animals – and their interaction with human beings. Domestic animals have a sort of partnership with us that is mutual and that has developed in an evolutionary sense: dogs came to our camps, picked up scraps, and then they started to actually enjoy our company. The same can be said for almost every domestic animal. But we can’t make every animal domestic. We can tame individual animals, but we can´t domesticate entire species, like a tiger. Every tiger cub is born wild, wanting to get away from people. 

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