- Our Destruction
- overall: 30 × 34 in. (76.2 × 86.4 cm)
- © 2020, Carla Goodleaf Hemlock
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund
- Mediums Description
- wool stroud cloth, wool, glass beads, crystals, sequins
- Object Number
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.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022