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Gayle Garner Roski: Journey to the Titanic

November 14, 2020 - October 24, 2021

In 2000, Gayle Garner Roski had the opportunity to explore the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean to visit the haunting remains of the RMS Titanic. Aboard the MIR I submersible 12,500 feet below the surface, she became the first artist to paint the notorious ship from life. Journey to the Titanic is the first public display of the watercolors that document her journey to the bottom of the sea, poignantly revealing the power that the Ship of Dreams still holds today.

The late Los Angeles artist Roski used watercolors to share exciting accounts of her exploits in remote locales from around the globe. Her paintings tenderly reveal more than simple documentation though. “I love watercolors because they have a way of being unpredictable,” she once explained, “and yet they can transform us by taking an instant of time and holding it still, so that we may reflect on it and be moved by it.” Through the pages of her sketchbook diary, Roski descended into the depths to bring the thrill of adventure and the humanity of Titanic back to the surface.