Award-winning artist Mea Duke has a unique perspective. Her paintings, prints, and sculptures often depict marine-related subjects, such as container ships or life jackets.
For many of her paintings, like this one, she references open-source press photos documenting modern maritime disasters to call attention to the operational reality of the global shipping industry. Here, she depicts a sinking barge in the Mississippi River.
“Taking to the water,” says Duke, “is a deeply substantial part of our collective histories and modern existence. It embodies all of the challenges, dangers, triumphs, and absurdities that come with the territory.” •