People from 18th and 19th centuries have actually seen the true beauty of American landscapes before industrialization. But with changing time, people chopped down trees to meet the needs of rapid modernization. However, New York-based artist Alison Moritsugu wants urban community to explore America’s real landscapes through her magnificent oil paintings on fallen logs.
Using her immense creativity, she mirrors hyper-realistic landscapes on salvaged wood while highlighting the aesthetics of natural wood. Her though-provoking artwork features finely detailed forest area, mountains, lakes and rivers in way that it used to be years before the world of mechanization.
To create these impressive masterpieces, she preferably uses trees that have naturally fallen after a storm or from people who cut them down for their selfish needs. Rustic beauty and original cracks of the wood are retained to highlight natural quality of both material and artwork.
Isn’t it sad to know how mankind destructed the natural environment that has given so much to all living beings. Moritsugu’s innovative work seriously makes an impact on the viewers and forces them to think how man has influenced nature and vice-versa.
Moritsugu explains her artistic work by saying,
My work reveals how idealized images of the land shape our concept of the natural world – in essence, how our experiences are mediated by the mechanisms of art and culture. Today, photoshopped images of verdant forests and unspoiled beaches invite us to vacation and sightsee, providing a false sense of assurance that the wilderness will always exist. By exploring idealized views of nature, my work acknowledges our more complex and precarious relationship with the environment.
The collection of incredible art pieces will be exhibited at New York’s Littlejohn Contemporary gallery from November 12th to December 12th, 2015. You can visit there to view the artist’s profound work in person. As of now, check out her stunning paintings in the images given below.