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Trinity II

Trinity II

This is the second painting on the same subject matter as the original Trinity triptych. This time, it is a more diagrammatic representation of the atomic test landscape, incorporating concrete references to different time-frames, mechanics and effects of the detonation which are not actually simultaneous or of similar scale in reality. The flowing green below the blast refers to the artificial mineral Trinitite – fused green glass created from the sand melted at the base of the detonation.

The ambiguity of the depiction leaves the viewer capable of interpreting the landscape as a representation of a sunrise or a sunset, drawing attention to the paradox that humanity’s most destructive acts are its most creative, in essence the subversion of fundamental natural forces for morally ambiguous and idealistic ends.

trinity II

2004
acrylic on canvas
36x36in
This painting is available for purchase.

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