"Painters throughout art history from the Northern Song, Baroque, Rococo and Hudson River School tailored their depictions of nature to serve an artistic narrative. 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." Alison Moritsugu
In Moritsugu's exhibition Inconsequence / In Consequence she paints idealic images of wild forests on log stumps that one could imagine were freshly cut out of the forest depicted within the painting. This use of skill and material exemplifies the old human notion of Manifest Destiny and how the west was won. Though these ideals are not on the forefront of our modern mind our consumption of natural resources says otherwise. Moritsugu captures this doomsday beautifully.