Hawaiian artist Alison Moritsugu paints sceneries on tree trunks. Aiming to juxtaposition bucolic depictions of nature with the actual repercussions of her devastation, they replicate 18th and 19th-century painting styles. Moritsugu’s work is meant to remind people that nature must be conserved.
“These landscapes, by painters such as Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church, were strongly embedded in the political conceptions of the time,” Alison Moritsugu says in her artist statement. A framed canvas is removed, and the pictures are painted directly on wood slices with unbroken bark. The rustic art of the Hudson River School appears in these landscapes, yet the surface of the photograph, a tree cross-section, shows signs of its devastation.
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