"These extraordinary works by Cecily Brown, of wrecked ships, frantic and prone bodies, carefully illuminate the tensions between the past and the present. She takes inspiration from Delacroix’s shipwreck paintings, as well as one of the most feted paintings in the world, Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa
, 1818-1819. Of course, these drawings also push to the forefront of our minds the images we see everyday on our screens, of shipwrecked refugees attempting, and failing, to make their own sea voyages..."
Dr. Samantha Lackey in Exh. Cat., Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Cecily Brown: Shipwreck Drawings, London 2017, n.p.