How Fallen Tree Logs Mirror Their Natural Origins Back To Life

New York based artist Alison Mortisugu uses the remains of fallen tree logs as a canvas to paint her idyllic, pastoral landscapes. The landscapes painted are of the countryside where the tree fell. It is a symbol of art history and environmental awareness.

Mortisugu’s paintings show the style of the 18th and 19th century artwork. The rough edges of the branches and trunks looks like a window that tells a story that only the painting itself shows.

Why Fallen Tree Logs Are A Good Reminder Not To Take Nature For Granted

She uses this beautiful but jarring juxtaposition to critique how we portray the environment in media. “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.”

It should be noted that Alison Mortisugu only uses logs that have fallen and did not cut the trees down herself. These fallen trees would’ve turned into mulch or firewood.

An Art Exhibition That Will Truly Inspire You

If you’re wanting to see these portraits in real life, you can visit a collection of them starting Nov 12 to December 12th at the Littlejohn Conteporary in New York.

It goes without saying that there will be lots of people attending this exhibition. If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out!

More info: alisonmoritsugu.com

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