The lush landscapes of her home in Ohio formed the subject matter of her early work, but Tyrrell was best known for her Disaster Blankets that followed. Intricate and arresting, beautiful but bleak, the series explores ongoing tragedies such as political greed, religious intolerance, racism, terrorism, pollution and warfare. Described as "fear frozen in thread" in The Village Voice, they were the artist's way of dealing with the frustrations and hopelessness that can accompany watching the evening news. Her colors and fabric may be rich, but her imagery is a plain spoken and bare-knuckled critique of our collective conscience. These blankets shine with both the warmth and the ferocity of fire.