1996/97, 48 x 65″ (122 x 165cm)
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.”
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”
This tapestry was woven in response to the real and imagined fears as the millennium approached. Babylon, our world, has fallen. Two figures, believing their protective gear shields them from the consequences of their actions, stride through the scene, oblivious to the devastation (the bombs over Afghanistan, the dead soldier?/civilian? covered in oily soot from the oil wells burning in Kuwait, the deadly radiation of Chernobyl).
The vision is apocalyptic. We are risking our lives, our home. What have we done to our planet? What have we done to ourselves?