Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Uranium Daughter
by Hampton, Melissa, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 53; 1593055
Abstract (Summary)

Once a uranium isotope undergoes the process of nuclear fission it is altered forever. The new daughter products last into eternity, beyond the human comprehension of time. This body of work is an exploration of how that microscopic transformation has gargantuan and everlasting effects on our planet. On a personal level, both as an artist and as the granddaughter of a nuclear industry worker, my thesis work has forever altered how I view the nuclear industry as well as my own genetic lineage. Through this research, I have come to fully appreciate the tangible relevance of history, both personal and global, to the present and the future. All things are woven together through the threads of time. Life is a series of chain reactions. The work deals with my own familial history, as well as the history the nuclear industry, and they are intertwined. It also serves as a warning about the potential legacy that nuclear energy can create. It is an inheritance of disease, cancer, and mutation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howard, Aimee
Commitee: Cooper, Ivy, Dimick, Brigham, Duhigg, Thad
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Art and Design
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design
Keywords: Metalsmithing, Radiation, Uranium
Publication Number: 1593055
ISBN: 978-1-321-89182-9
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