"A Cabin Boy to Barbary" (2000)

"A Cabin Boy to Barbary," 2000
Watercolor, gouache, ink and pencil on paper, 61 x 120 inches
Private collection, Brazil
Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

"They are like gigantic pages from journals. They don’t make any sense. The early natural history artists used to carry little sketchbooks with them. I’ve taken the exact techniques and the exact kind of paper and calligraphy that they used and made this enormous version that makes no sense. There would be no reason for a natural history study that was ten feet by five feet. But that is one of the things I was interested in doing. Taking small bits of history and magnifying them."

- Walton Ford