These works are not simply painted dramatically, but they are painted with a distinct meaning to the mind. Artist Alison Moritsugu paints these natural landscapes on tree trunks that mimic the 18th and 19th century art styles to juxtapose idyllic images of nature with the tangible results of its destruction. The art of Moritsugu is meant to remind people that nature is not only there, but what must be protected.
“These landscapes, of artists like Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church, were deeply rooted in the political constructions of the time and represented the earth as a generous Eden, an unlimited boundary ripe for conquest,” wrote Alison Moritsugu in her statement artist. “I take these images out of their familiar context, framed canvas, and paint directly on slices of wood with intact bark. These landscapes appear as a tribute to the idyllic art of the Hudson River School, but seeing the surface of the painting, the cut of a tree, any feeling of nostalgia or celebration of nature is thwarted by the evidence of his destruction
Do you think she succeeds in getting her message across?