For over a decade Katy McCormick has examined Japan’s A-bombed landscapes, portraying the survivor trees or hibakujumoku subjected to the first use of atomic bombs in 1945. Standing in school yards, temple grounds, and city squares, the A-bombed trees are living memorials, rooted among the ashes just below the surfaces of now-thriving cities. Predicated on “walking and remembrance,” the exhibition invites a promenade through space and time, urging reflection upon how the past haunts the present—warning, teaching, urging care. On September 30th she spoke to a delegation of A-bomb sufferers from Nagasaki visiting the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College.
“Rooted Among the Ashes: Hibakujumoku/ The A-Bombed Trees,” Katy McCormick, Wilmington College, Ohio, USA, August 6, 2022
Nov 21, 2022