Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks
Shipwreck stories have long held broad fascination for many of us – artists included.
Alexis Rockman (American, born 1962) created this dramatic series depicting historic sea disasters to explore the impact of transportation and migration – from goods and people to plants and animals – on our planet and its waterways.
His large-scale oil paintings and watercolors remind us of the shadow of potential disaster that looms over ocean voyages. While Rockman’s artworks place these concerns in a global narrative – representing the flora, fauna, and ship types found throughout different oceans and cultures – they have a special resonance for North Carolinian viewers. The Outer Banks’s “Graveyard of the Atlantic” has claimed thousands of ships since record keeping began in the sixteenth century.