Wreck of the Henrietta Marie. June, 1700
Oil on card
Height 63cm Width 81cm
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The Henrietta Marie was a merchant slaver that sank off the Florida Keys.
I wanted to make a piece of work in which the ropes and timbers of the ship become so overwhelmed by the sound and movement of the storm that they become almost indistinguishable from it. For that reason I deliberately made the ship’s straight dark lines almost identical to the dark rolling curved lines of the waves. At the same time I wanted there to be uncertainty, panic almost. I want you, the viewer to be as unclear as I am as to whether the shapes above the deck are cloud, water or torn sailcloth. Are those flailing ropes or lines of dynamic put there to represent the storm’s movement?