Our Lady of Amchitka
Rebecca Lyon, Athabascan & Unangax
driftwood, yellow & red cedar, pumice, horse hair, aluminum, steel, brass, sea shells, glass, paint, 2007
“[This is] dedicated to my uncle, (Sonny) Elmer S. Brown, and all the men and women who worked at the Amchitka bombsites, many of whom have lost their lives due to radioactive exposure on the island.
The half-woman, half-fish figure represents the spirit of the island of Amchitka and the natural world. Her crucifixion on a rusty iron cross represents the crimes that we as a nation have committed against her in our arrogance with the underground nuclear bomb testing, which took place during 1965 to 1967 and culminating with the five-megaton Cannikin blast in 1971.”
Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund Purchase, 2008.20.17