Landscapes Painted on Logs by Alison Moritsugu
These incredibly detailed landscape paintings are the work of Hawaiian born artist Alison Moritsugu. By cleverly using wind fall logs, branches and tree roots she has created a striking juxtaposition of fine art and raw wilderness.
Now living and working in Beacon New York, this is how Alison herself describes her ‘Log Series’ of paintings: “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.”