(via Art21 . Walton Ford . Interview & Videos | PBS)
Early naturalists like Audubon or Edward Lear (a great natural history artist) or John Gould (who made all these prints in England of birds from around the world) made prints.
The print is called “Compromised.” It shows two ibises, which are wading birds. One of them is called the sacred ibis and it lives along the Nile, or it used to. And then there’s one called a glossy ibis which is a bird that lives in Europe and America…. I try to bring it up to date and think about how it affects the way we think today and how similar the 19th Century is to now.
— Walton Ford, Interview, Art 21: Printmaking and Natural History Artists