PERCEPTIONS: monkey business or learning hindustani


Walton Ford. The Forsaken. 1999.

Watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper; 60 x 40 inches.

“When I painted the monkey wife, I painted her individually and I named it ‘The Forsaken.’ And my idea is that what Richard Burton did as part of his colonial enterprise was to actually learn languages. When he would go to a new place…he would have a woman set up house for him and become his mistress. And he said he would learn the language that way. So this thing with the monkey wife seemed to be perverse once you know that about him.”
— Walton Ford

More here & here.
The just-ended Brooklyn Museum show here.

Thanks to my friend Vimala Mohammed.