The image deploys the tender iconography of
an infant's arm and hand in radical talismanic opposition to "arms"
of a nuclear kind. And to collapse the unscalable scale of a nuclear detonation
into that of an infant's palm, as if possessed of an inverse anticipatory power
to pulverize any such explosion into a nothing. To render the floating sphere, the
artist borrowed and transformed two images (high-speed photographs on safety
film of the first microseconds of an atomic bomb explosion at the Nevada
Proving Grounds in 1952) from the MIT collection.
Emma McCormick Goodhart is a post disciplinary artist
based in New York City, who experiments across media, timescales, and modes of
practice. Interested in fathoming deep-time developments of sensing, especially
in sound and scent, alongside technosensory futures, she has presented
propositions and 3D prototypes.