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    Walton Ford (b. 1960)
    Guilty Elephant, 1994
    Oil on panel
    63 x 46 inches (160.0 x 116.8 cm)
    Signed, titled, and dated on the reverse: Walton Ford, Guilty Elephant, 1994

    Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    Walton Ford celebrates traditional history painting while simultaneously satirizing the oppressive colonial narratives that these same paintings engender. Inspired by dozens of trips to the Natural History Museum in New York, Walton Ford uses the visual language of John James Audubon to critique humanity's impact on the natural world. In Guilty Elephant, 1994 twisting vines and meticulously-rendered foliage frame the composition. Through the foliate border, the viewer sees an elephant with smoke billowing from its back, filling the composition with dark soot in an eerie dreamlike haze. The presence of dark figures surrounding the elephant disrupts any notion of the sublime. The viewer becomes a guilty participant in an unsettling scene that stands in dark contrast to the natural order of things. As Ford describes, "What I'm building a sort of cultural history of the way animals live in the human imagination." (W. Ford quoted in C. Tomkins "Man as Beast," The New Yorker, New York, January 26, 2009).

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