Wrecked is a collection of imagined portraits of the ghosts of captains of ships sunk on the Goodwin Sands. The sandbank lies off the coast of Deal, Kent, and is the world’s largest ships’ graveyard with roughly two thousand wrecks littered across it.
Using The Lloyds List, the world's oldest weekly shipping news from as early as 1734, the details of each ship are researched. The name of the ship and the date it sunk are gilded in large letters top and bottom. Using artistic licence, contemporaneous naval portrait paintings are reworked into Warholesque prints - transparent, frayed and ghost-like - then layered over unique sea paintings.
The silkscreen-paintings pay homage to the unique tradition of the pub sign as monument to British social history and form an allegorical body of work that references both our longing for lost eras and the ship as symbolic of both economic development and the nation sate.