'Priscilla 37 kilotons Nevada 1957' huggable cushions
Dunne & Raby
(Anthony Dunne, born Britain, 1964; Fiona Raby, born Britain, 1963) and Michael Anastassiades (born Cyprus, 1967)
Reflective fabric, polyester stuffing
Edition of 20 each, in red and white, from the Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times collection
Lent by Dunne & Raby and Michael Anastassiades, London
These cushions diffuse our horror of nuclear annihilation by allowing us to literally embrace our fears. We are infantilised, as the atomic subject is made into a child's object. The soft toys, therefore, act as psychological prostheses, using irony to help us confront what may at first seem impossible to face: the threat of total nuclear desolation.