Accession Number: C.2014.404.4
Dimensions: 36 in X 24 in
Dimensions (Metric): 91.44 cm X 60.96 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, in celebration of the resilient American spirit
Fresh Kills: Elegy XXI
Framed collage titled Fresh Kills: Elegy XXI by John Schweitzer. This piece depicts a layering of a periodical cover with the text “New York” and at the bottom a partially disassembled shopping bag with the word “nuda” on it. In the right center is a piece of purple paper with a piece of white paper on top that is torn in an irregular shape. There is also an advertisement with a partially nude body and text, “DISTORTION.”
In response to the events of 9/11, artist John Schweitzer created Fresh Kills: XXIV Elegies, a series of 24 collages made by attaching mixed materials, mainly found ephemera, onto a flat surface. Though he was not in New York on September 11, 2001, he had previously lived in the city for five years and was deeply saddened by the attacks that targeted his former home and country.