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Trinity Site [from the series Nuclear Waste(d)]

Trinity Site [from the series Nuclear Waste(d)]

Artist: Judy Chicago (American, born 1939)
Date: 1989
Medium: sprayed acrylic, oil and photography on photolinen
Dimensions:
Support: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Frame: 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (54.6 x 64.8 x 3.8 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman, 2011
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.11.8
Description
In the Nuclear Waste(d) series, Judy Chicago addresses the negative consequences of the nuclear industry in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. These are collaborative works that employ photographs by Donald Woodman of various nuclear-related sites throughout the state, that were then painted on by Judy Chicago. Among the sites the series addresses are the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was detonated; Grants, where much of the uranium was mined for the bombs, causing great health and environmental problems for the Native Americans upon whose lands the mines are located; and WIPP, the waste site in southern New Mexico. The woman pictured in Trinity Site appears to be making an offering or offering a prayer at the site of the first atomic bomb. The word she says, “urameshiya,” is a Japanese word that is said to be uttered by ghosts and has the sense of bearing a grudge or having hard feelings toward something.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 1992: Too Hot To Handle: Art & Nuclear Issues, Copeland Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe