Nuclear Bomb Mushrooms Made Pretty
Two artists team up to question our complex relationship with war and violence
Anna Burns is an artist known for a fascination with the propagation in mass media of images that should otherwise inflict fear and distress. In her popular work with Tom Brown, “Pop Pop Bang,” Burns used the the mundane umbrella to paint graphic images of a car explosion, a nude woman and gunfire – the kind of violence we fear but see everyday portrayed in films.
From “Pop Pop Bang”:
Her latest project is just as contradictory. Teaming up with artist Michael Bodiam, they created installations in the shape of the nuclear bomb mushroom formation. The cloud of smoke that follows a devastating explosion was recreated with unexpectedly benign materials.