Alison Moritsugu, a Hawaiian, artist paints nature landscapes on tree trunks. They mimic the artwork types of 18th and 19th century, however with a goal: to juxtapose the idyllic photos of nature with tangible outcomes of her destruction. Moritsugu’s artwork is meant to remind people who nature isn’t simply there; it needs to be protected.
“These landscapes, by artists corresponding to Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church, have been deeply rooted within 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 assertion. “I take these photos out of their acquainted context, the framed canvas, and paint immediately on wooden slices with bark intact. These landscapes seem as an homage to the idyllic artwork of the Hudson River College but, by viewing the portray’s floor, the cross part of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the proof of its destruction”