Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2018.130.2
Dimensions: 60 in X 60 in X 1.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 152.4 cm X 152.4 cm X 3.81 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
9-11 Elegy/Ghost City, Panel 2
Painting titled 9-11 Elegy/Ghost City, Panel 2 by Ejay Weiss from the 9/11 Elegies series. The painting depicts a square in the center of a bright-blue tonal gradation, representing the sky, framed by black, gray, and red paint rendered in a hashing or grid pattern (mixed with dust from Ground Zero). The lower-right corner is particularly dark, reminiscent of the ruins at Ground Zero. A large red "x" is painted towards the bottom of the sky-window and appears to "bleed."
As a witness to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, artist Ejay Weiss mixed ash that he collected from Ground Zero with black acrylic paint to incorporate into a series of paintings. His images serve as a metaphor of both the towers’ windows and their footprints. The paintings combine a matrix of layered paint threads with the view beyond the towers to evoke the collapse of the buildings and the void created in the towers’ absence.