Sidewall, "Clearing Fields", 2001 Digitally printed. Gift of Francesco Simeti. 2002-24-1.
What is this?
Taking the format of an antique wallpaper, contemporary images from magazines and newspapers are cut-and-pasted into the repeating landscape vignettes. The images include soldiers at Kosovo Liberation Army checkpoint, a member of the Swedish Explosive Ordinance Disposal platoon engaged in mine sweeping while a farmer plows, and British troops clearing the fields after Protestants had set camp after being blocked from marching through a Catholic neighborhood. Printed in shades of blue.
Why is this in our collection?
Clearing Fields is soothing with soft colors and a framework of trees and pasture which enclosed images of soldiers at military check points and engaged in mine sweeping. The juxtaposition makes an interesting comment.