Michele Kishita

My current work investigates the dialogue between the wooden surfaces on which I paint and the trees from which those panels were built. I address man’s relationship with nature while also highlighting life's central interconnectedness. When industry transforms a tree’s rounded mass into flat rectangular sheets, it imposes control over nature with straight lines and angles. Despite the tree’s new shape, the undulations of wood grain emerge from the boxy surface. The former tree’s growth and the amount of water taken annually is evident in the grain’s concentric circles; thus, it is not only the history of the tree that is written indelibly on its interior but an historical account of the landscape itself. In my paintings, I strive to conjure the landscape that is inherently contained in each panel, while expressing the visual contrast and harmony where man-made structures and nature intersect.