Our Destruction

Media - 2021.10 - SAAM-2021.10_1 - 142993
Copied Carla Hemlock, Our Destruction, 2019, wool stroud cloth, wool, glass beads, crystals, sequins, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund, 2021.10, © 2020, Carla Goodleaf Hemlock

Artwork Details

Title
Our Destruction
Date
2019
Dimensions
overall: 30 × 34 in. (76.2 × 86.4 cm)
Copyright
© 2020, Carla Goodleaf Hemlock
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund
Mediums
Mediums Description
wool stroud cloth, wool, glass beads, crystals, sequins
Classifications
Keywords
  • Indian
Object Number
2021.10

Artwork Description

Inside this vibrant scene of beaded flowers, vines, birds, and dragonflies is a pair of sequined ruby-red slippers identical to the ones worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The toe of one slipper reads “tic” and the other “toc.” The “tic toc” warning repeats, echoing in each corner.

 

Despite its outward beauty, Our Destruction speaks to the current state of the planet and global climate change. On the textile’s reverse, the artist writes, “Our Natural world is an environmental ticking time bomb on the eve of destruction. Time is running out. Our inaction will soon redefine those Ruby Red Slippers to symbolize ‘No Place to Call Home.’” The work is a harbinger of what humans cannot lose—Our Heart, Our Home, Our Soul.

 

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Exhibitions

Quilt featuring the portrait of a woman
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World
May 13, 2022April 2, 2023
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.