Written by: Benjamin Tan
We all are unable to see the radioactive energy with our own naked eyes but what this artist did in their portraits was to use uranium and radioactive charcoal to paint a picture that can depict the drastic consequence of us human beings that have created such a huge impact towards nuclear energy.
Lilah Leopold the curator gave lots of context for the artwork even in terms of how the Krannert Art Museum is set up especially for this kind of artwork. Among all the many radioactive artworks, Lilah focused on these 2 artworks.
Both artworks are made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. It depicted the amount of uranium that has been mined and for the left portrait, the land does not exist anymore due to the massive mining.
What intrigue me was the many vertical and horizontal lines on both artworks. It depicted graphs of uranium that been mined.
The one on the left was a graph of a billion years! From the graph, it can be inferred how the resource of uranium is depicting rapidly and the amount of radioactivity has been dispersed in the air.
For the right artwork, the lines refer to about 100 years of the uranium resource. Apart from that, it also was to show the longitude and latitude of the land. As shown, the steeper lines refer to the taller and steeper rocks.
Lilah also shared how the radioactive waste will take approximately 5 million years before it becomes jewelry and she put a thought in all of us asking how we can take personal responsibility towards radioactive waste.
It got me thinking, what are some actions can I take to contribute to the conversation of this radioactive waste.
Overall, I enjoyed the art talk! Looking forward to the next one!