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Julie Seelig, Two Trees in Love

For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at Two Trees in Love by Julie Seelig.

About the Work

Titles : Two Trees in Love
Artist : Julie Seelig
Medium : acrylic on canvas
Dimensions : 12″ x 16″
Location : Museum of Bad Art

This painting is both confusing and disconcerting, owing to its complete disregard for perspective and compositional balance. It is unsure at first glance which ‘two trees’ the artist speaks of as being in love. On further investigation however, one suspects its the two in the foreground that have strangely morphed into one tree-like creature with a tail. An audience of trees on a far away hill stand at attention, perhaps as voyeurs. A large tree towers over all else in the painting, including the mountains and the sky itself.

Other Details

Will’s A New Day is housed in the Museum of Bad Art. It is part of the museum’s collection of Unlikely Landscapes, Cityscapes and Still Lifes. The work was donated to the museum by the artist’s mother, Sally.

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