There Will Come Soft Rains (2011)

Below are a selection of images from a series titled There Will Come Soft Rains. This work explored the effects of the 1954 Castle Bravo nuclear test on the Rongelap people who lived on a nearby atoll. They were seriously affected by radioactive fallout and suffered long lasting health problems as a result. The title is drawn from Sara Teasdale’s poem of the same name. I completed these paintings as part of my honor’s thesis in 2011.

Scalp, 2011, acrylic on wood


Radiation, 2011, acrylic on wood


Cargo, 2011, acrylic on wood


Dirty Water, 2011, acrylic on wood


Pattern, 2011, acrylic on wood


Autoradiograph, 2011, acrylic on wood


Food Test Program, 2011, acrylic on wood


There Will Come Soft Rains

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

-Sara Teasdale