Artist Alison Moritsugu seizes the essence of Mother Nature in her log paintings. These solid pieces utilize trees as the canvas. The fragmented nature of the trees allows the designer to paint straight onto the rustic wood. Once her realistic work is finished, what results is a painting that explores the history of American landscapes. Moritsugu lets viewers see what America was like when settlers first arrived and additionally depicts the destructive effects of industrialization. This sense of false duality is one of the main inspirations for the artist’s work.
“I like the juxtaposition and tension created by having an image of nature on a section or sample of real life,” she describes.
It’s also significant to note that the artist collects her canvases from trees that have naturally fallen after a storm or from people who cut them down and plan to cut them. Moritsugu hardly uses threatened species to make her work even more thought-provoking.