The paintings are actually drawn from images of the disaster, which have then been digitally manipulated with compression effects and video-editing. Thus, the colors in the images take on a distorted, liquefied effect—like a real-life oil painting. According to Ubermorgan, the oil spill itself is essentially a huge drawing, done by BP, using millions of gallons of oil on a canvas of tens of thousands of miles of open sea.
Grim stuff, made all the more unsettling by the visual enchantment of the images—and the real-world devastation it abstracts.
View more of the works at Today and Tomorrow.