Mary Katherine McElroy ’21
MFA Graduate, Painting & Drawing, School of Art & Design, Ohio University; Freelance Artist
“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Robert Oppenheimer quoted the Bhagavad-Gita when he witnessed his brain-child, the atomic bomb, detonate in1945. Seven years later, Hungarian-American physicist Edward Teller created a bomb thousands of times stronger known as the Hydrogen bomb. The H-bomb’s power was created from the fusion of atoms, as opposed to its predecessor, the atomic bomb, which was created through a process of fission. This work of physics demonstrated how powerful the connection of atoms, the building blocks of our universe, can be. My work explores the power in the connectivity of human relationships.
My end goal is to change society for the better, and I need to understand for myself what that positivity looks like. In examining my individual experiences with abandonment and the fallout of trauma, the one thing missing was positive human connection. Through my art, I am exploring and researching what has comprised of positive interactions for me and other ways within which we as a humans think about and engage with genuine connection.