Class assignment: I was given the phrase 'nuclear war' and told to do something new with it. I've got several more ideas that I'm working on, but this is by far the most aesthetically pleasing.
The style is inspired by ukiyo-e, Japanese prints that often showed a scene of daily life or a beautiful woman. The geisha's costume, hair, and makeup are reasonably accurate. I'm not as certain about the incense she's setting in the sand; I could find few photos, and most were taken from Buddhist temples, not family shrines.
Her kimono is patterned with a mushroom cloud. Her obi is patterned with the ruins of a city.
Memory assimilates the horrors of life, and can make something beautiful from it.
(Edit: I hope no-one is offended by what now seems to me like trivialization, rather than subtlety. I am not as skilled an artist or thinker as I would like to be.)