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Bucolic landscapes painted on the surfaces of cut tree trunks by Alison Moritsugu

Brief ReviewCreator: Alison Moritsugu. Nationality: American. Base: Beacon, New York, United States. Main skill(s): painting; plastic arts; sculpture; visual arts. Main thematic(s) and/or subject(s) in this/these work(s): 18th and 19th centuries landscape paintings; romantic paintings; nostalgia; nature; and destruction. Main style(s) and/or art reference(s) applied: , , , , , , , . Main medium(s): oil paint on cut log surfaces. More info: Website H/T: Colossal

In my log paintings, I examine the contrivances found in landscape paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries. 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. 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.

Alison Moritsugu
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Curated by Leandro Lima

CEO-founder of Flooxia. A Brazil-based amateur fine art photographer, among other things, who loves visual arts, nature, science, and innovative technologies.

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