It’s about time we start talking about this, as none of it is unknown to us. Alison Moritsugu, an NY-based artist paints idyllic, pastoral landscapes on logs. This compels us to check how we look at and treat the environment.
In her artist statement, she writes,
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. 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.
To see more of her work, you can check out her website alisonmoritsugu.com. Here are the illustrations that should compel us to not take nature for granted: