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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?

Francesco Simeti’s Clearing Fields is deceptively soothing. Its soft colors and framework of trees and pasture are juxtaposed with images of soldiers at military checkpoints and engaged in mine sweeping. Clearing Fields was commissioned by the museum in 2001 for the Rooms with a View: Landscape and Wallpaper exhibition and hung in the cafe for the duration of the exhibit. Simeti works entirely on the computer using scanned images from newspapers and magazines, which he then implants into repeating formulas. He is interested in the way that imagery from the news becomes part of the background of our lives, similar to the way that wallpaper is a background for our rooms. Clearing Fields worked as a soothing... more

This is a sidewall from United States. It is dated 2001 and we acquired it in 2002. Gift of Francesco Simeti. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

digitally printed

Its dimensions are

Overall: 171 x 60.5 cm (5 ft. 7 5/16 in. x 23 13/16 in.)

This object was designed by Francesco Simeti

This object was donated by Francesco Simeti

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