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The Difference Between a Ship and What Sank It #4

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Hand signed and numbered limited edition Ilford giclee print, 1 of 30, archival ink on 300 gsm artist's paper, 20 x 25 cm

The source of inspiration for this collage series was drawn from the vibrant imagery found in Mega Cruise Ship advertisements. These are the sort of advertisements that showcase cruise ships with everything from casinos and waterparks to roller coasters. My curiosity about these cruise ships was piqued during the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020. They were one of the first industries to completely shut down due to the pandemic-related restrictions. Curiously, they later became a barometer for the return of "normalcy", at least in parts of the US. After delving into the subject, I was both awed by the sheer size and extravagance of these ships and perplexed by their use as a measure of what "normal" entailed.

The title, "The Difference Between a Ship and What Sank It," reflects my take on a tongue-in-cheek punchline for a non-existent joke. It's a form of gallows humor, a way to look at someone or something that has become unrecognizable from the cause of its demise. In this case, it questions the allocation of our technology, capital, and time to build something as grandiose yet seemingly unnecessary as Mega Cruise Ships. Especially when more pressing needs should take precedence. Humanity seems to be charting a course for its own extinction, and it's doing so in a grandiose manner.

In these paintings, I envisioned a fictional scenario in which these colossal vessels collide with massive icebergs on the open sea. Over time, the ice melts during the day and refreezes at night until the two have melded so completely that they are indistinguishable from each other. Much like the way our perception of what is "normal" has become deeply ingrained in our thinking, making it hard to recognize it as the potential cause of our downfall.

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