In 1947, with their permission, Walter Anderson left his wife and children and embarked on a private and solitary life, returning home infrequently. The artist spent much of his time on the uninhabited Horn Island, 16 miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. Anderson would reach the island by rowing out in a one-person rowboat—bringing only the bare necessities and his art supplies.
The works in this exhibition are from Anderson's time on Horn Island, where, through his unique vision, he depicted the flora and fauna with his ink and watercolors. Birds, snakes, frogs, and crabs were rendered in bright, shimmering colors, making them appear often in motion. The works on view are on loan from the Mississippi Museum of Art collection.