Although largely perceived as an isolated incident, the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after the March 2011 tsunami has caused a massive chain reaction of activities that have global reach. While people across Japan struggle to negotiate their new found radioactive reality, over here in the US people go about their days as if nothing has happened, with seemingly no awareness that the apocalypse is unfolding on the other side of the globe.
And contrary to popular belief, the world is actually round, and problems that happen “over there” don’t simply fall off the edge of the planet, but eventually make their way around it. As I type pieces of Fukushima are washing up on the shores of California, with nary a mention in the press.
This is not a Japanese problem, it is everyone’s problem, and if we don’t figure it out quick, in the near future the Hollywood sign won’t be the image that comes to mind when people think about California.
This is a five color reduction (or “suicide”) wood block print, printed on handmade Japanese Kitakata paper. It was printed with master printer David Keister at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.