Thought behind 'Alamogordo'

In this post I am going to go through the thought process behind one of my prints entitled 'Alamogordo'. Alamogordo is a city in New Mexico in the United States. It was the test site for the first explosion of an atomic bomb in 1945. A month or two before I made the print I was watching an experimental documentary on Netflix called 'The Bomb'(2016). It is basically all the archival nuclear weapon footage put to music by The Acid. At maybe 26 minutes into the movie they show test footage with animals. It seems like they tethering animals at different radii from the test site. Although this whole segment was upsetting to watch, one image really stuck with me.

 

screen shot of 'The Bomb' (2016) at about 26mins

screen shot of 'The Bomb' (2016) at about 26mins

For days after I couldn't forget it so I decided to try something new. Usually if I want to forget something I don think about it but I had no choice with this. So instead of forgetting I lamented it onto my copper plate. To me it felt like this is the last thing I should do, but to my surprise it made me feel better. 

 

drawings from my note book

drawings from my note book

The process of copper plate printing is long and repetitive. I liked the juxtaposition of trying to forget something by seeing it again and again. I then got a second plate which was a little bigger then the first one and aquatinted a bomb cloud.

'Alamogordo' (2018) edition of 5

'Alamogordo' (2018) edition of 5