Accession Number: C.2014.404.13
Dimensions: 21.25 in X 27.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 53.975 cm X 69.215 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, in celebration of the resilient American spirit
Fresh Kills: Elegy VI
Framed collage titled Fresh Kills: Elegy VI by John Schweitzer. This piece incorporates a piece of red-and-white-striped fabric with a piece of paper with the words “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” at the top, a large cutout of a star in the center, and red-and-white stripes on the right side and blue-and-white stripes on the left. MMIII is written in Roman numerals in the lower right.
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.