Doug Waterfield Artist Statement:
Two years since I have updated my artist's statement, so I thought it was time. As of late, I have been consumed with the idea of atomic art. For me, atomic art involves art that deals not only with front and center images of the Bomb, but also atomic testing, particularly imahes of the Doomtown that was set up in the Nevada desert, and then lit up by atomic blasts to see what the effects on the typical American town would be. I am also concerned with the effect of the Bomb on American culture - the paranoia, the acknowledgement, acceptance and eventual embracing of the Bomb and its insertion into American popular culture.
There is no shortage of fodder to draw from, from educational films, to 1950s comic books, horror and science fiction movies, civil defense literature, fallout shelter plans, radiation detectors - this list goes on. This is a part of our culture that is really foreign to a lot of today's young people. I want to make art that educates about this era. Knowledge is a good thing - it's how we keep history from repeating itself, theoretically anyway.