With respect for natural detail, New York based artist Alison Moritsugu captures a sense of wild realism in her “log paintings”. Painted directly onto wood, with bark still intact, her images reveal the past and present of America’s landscapes. While many pieces evoke the wonder that settlers must have felt upon arriving in America, others portray the industrialization and subsequent destruction of its land. For her upcoming exhibition, “inconsequence / in consequence” at Littlejohn Contemporary in New York, Moritsugu depicts scenes of our changing environment in new works that include sculpture and wallpaper designs. Her environmental concerns are clear throughout, particularly in her choice to use threatened species of trees as her materials. Paired with idyllic scenes of grassy planes and endless forests, her paintings are shockingly interrupted by man’s influence. Rocky sea walls invade a perfect beach, as tractors level the coastline and fire rages through a serene field of flowers. She shares, “by exploring idealized views of nature, my work acknowledges our more complex and precarious relationship with the environment.”
“inconsequence / in consequence” by Alison Moritsugu will be on view from November 12th through December 12th, 2015.
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