Denise Bowes, Beth Robinson
When War in Iraq seemed inevitable, Denise
painted this work on fabric in order to carry it
in an anti-war protest. It shows Cheney and
Rumsfeld as the power behind Bush, pushing him
into war in Iraq. The concept is modeled after the
portrait by Raphael of Pope Leo X, showing that
his cardinals had most of the power. The triangle,
resting on its narrow point, suggests the
instability of our world. Beth had worked with
returning WW2 injured soldiers in a rehabilitation
capacity, and embroidered the repetitive,
camouflage-coloured diagonal lines to increase the
tension of the piece. Sewing through the duration
of the war was a time for mourning the senseless
loss of life in Iraq.
Acrylic on cotton with cotton embroidery, mounted
on a pine frame.
41" height by 32-1/2" width by 3/8" depth.