Behind these beautifully painted tree trunks lies a very important message. New York-based contemporary artist Alison Moritsugu except from an amazing painter, he also has deep environmental concerns. Wanting to emphasize the importance of nature, Moritsugu mimics the art styles of 18th and 19th century to contrast the idyllic images of nature with the tangible results of her destruction. His artworks are a reminder of how fragile nature is. If we don't protect it, its beauty may be lost forever.
“These landscapes, by artists such as Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church, were deeply rooted in the political constructs of the time and depicted the land as a bountiful Eden, a limitless frontier ripe for conquest,” Alison Moritsugu writes in her artist statement. “I take these images out of their familiar context, the framed canvas, and paint directly on wood slices with bark intact. These landscapes appear as an homage to the idyllic art of the Hudson River School yet, by viewing the painting’s surface, the cross section of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the evidence of its destruction”.