Migrant Boats

The Mediterranean Sea has become a graveyard – sometimes called the ‘Trou Noir’ by one of the rescue boat operations. A residency at the Camargo Foundation near Marseille in 2017 allowed me to study historical and contemporary movement of people between Europe and Africa and I began this ongoing series of ink painting/drawings (sizes vary: please inquire). Ink and brushes on paper.

I grew up hearing a story of a cousin who escaped occupied Holland in 1940 on the last boat to get out – a tiny lifeboat overloaded with Jews, later rescued by a British frigate. That lifeboat, the Zeemanshoop, has been preserved and its rescue is justly celebrated. Today, Europe turns its back as thousands of migrants fleeing in overcrowded dinghies seeking to live in safety, sink into the sea.