Designer Anna Burns teamed-up with Michael Bodiam, for ‘silent but violent’, a terrific set of pictures inspired by catastrophe and our contradictory attitude towards it: curiosity and weird fascination on the one hand, fear on the other.
Focusing on the question “Are we hungry, enthralled or just anaesthetised?”, the artists took on the grotesque imagery that remains one of the most vivid visual icons of war, the mushroom cloud and created hand-crafted versions of this symbol, formed from marbles, flowers, balloons and fruits.
The duo tried to capture the ‘rampant self-perpetuating thirst for gore and mass-destruction’ that ‘still runs rife among the mass media and begs plenty of questions about our appetite for the mystery and mayhem of modern combat.’
‘Silent but violent’ photo series manage to perfectly include ‘something usually so untouchable, this dark delight in the wildernesses of devastation’ that ’finds creation in catastrophe’.
This artistic work causes strong visual impact and a powerful message that makes you think.