Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2018.129.1
Dimensions: 60 in X 48 in X 1 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 152.4 cm X 121.92 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, Ejay Weiss
9-11 Elegy/Ghost City, Panel 4
Painting titled 9-11 Elegy/Ghost City, Panel 4 by Ejay Weiss from the 9/11 Elegies series. The painting depicts a square in the center of the panel with a bright-blue tonal gradation, representing the sky, framed by black and gray paint rendered like plumes of smoke and ash (mixed with dust from Ground Zero). At the top is a stripe of blue, white, and red.
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.