Pirateshipoilspill

This summer I have been researching the current state of water- pirates, global trade, maritime history including the textile industry and its link to pollution (second biggest polluter only to petroleum) for a large scale painting that I am working on. I have been reading The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E Baptist which outlines connection between the textile industry in the north and slavery in the south along with some heavy duty reading on Thomas Cole's series of paintings The Course of the Empire and revisiting Moby Dick.  I am more specifically thinking about the complex history of capitalism, natural resources and their movement and extraction. Stay tuned... 

In-progress painting, oil on panel, 48 x 60 inches