Photo credit: Donor provided
Accession Number: C.2020.33.1
Dimensions: 33 in X 11 in
Dimensions (Metric): 83.82 cm X 27.94 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, Chuck (Charles) Miley
T'was Rangda Set the Birds Afire II
Woodblock print titled T'was Rangda Set the Birds Afire II, created in 2002 by Charles Miley. The print depicts the Balinese Hindu mythological creature named Rangda. With wild eyes and a large, dangling tongue, Rangda is rendered in red, black, and white with the Twin Towers looming behind her. She clutches a white cloth between her claws and looks upward towards the Towers, both spewing fire and smoke. Figures are seen falling from the Towers.
Rangda, a fearsome figure in Balinese Hindu mythology, is the personification of evil. Rangda’s power is concentrated in the white cloth covered with runes that she brandishes while working her spells. Artist Charles "Chuck" Miley imagined Rangda's presence on 9/11 in these woodblock prints he created in response to the terrifying event. Rendered entirely in white, red, and black ink, Rangda is clutching the cloth tightly between her long claws. Her hair is unruly, and a long, serpentine tongue protrudes between her fangs.