This series of watercolours by Rebecca Bird are based on photos of nuclear bomb blasts, mostly from government archives. With the setting removed, the blast becomes more abstract or almost cloud- or cotton candy-like. At the same time, these works are very detailed. Emotional trauma is the underlying theme and these explosions represent "subjects that defy communication." Bird's lack of scale symbolizes the difficulty of conveying the meaning of violent or traumatic events.
Artist: Rebecca Bird
Everything That Ever Existed Still Exists runs through April 18, 2009 at the Kopeikin Gallery in West Hollywood.