Bombeck created the Reformation Carpet in 1555. The tapestry represents
Martin Luther as one of the church’s fathers and a faithful witness,
highlighting the redemptive act of Christ as the central event in the
history of the salvation. A hovering angel wears a board with citations
of Christ's victory over death and the devil. In the decades of wars
during the 16th century, Catholics were fighting the reformed countries.
The tapestry depicts the use of religion in both war and struggle.
Until about 1900, these images served as news agents.
The Release is a
reinterpretation of the tapestry which refers to the current situation
in the Middle East, in the form of a triptych, further allowing a
religious interpretation and showing the spreading of faith through
warfare. Starting with a hostage-taking by DAESH ( “The Islamic State"),
a bombing with the use of weapons, Kalashnikovs were used in almost
every known armed conflict since the Second World War. Furthermore, the
engagement of mainly Christian countries suggests European
responsibility. The images were selected from the digital news world.
The background of the tapestry which uses plant ornamentation and bird
metaphors represents the bitter feud within Protestantism about the
doctrine of justification and is woven into the images of the triptych
of “The Release.” In armed conflicts, religion is not only a means of
propaganda, as shown in the tapestry and the triptych, but it is used by
belligerent states for motivation as they allude to promises like
salvation and life after death. The ornamentation in the tapestry, which
is further employed in "The Release", builds a bridge between the past
and present situations in Europe.