The mural depicts a human form adorned in spores, fungi — the scalloped edges of fresh growth born of deep root. The painting, titled Human Nature, looks on from a three-story building on the waterfront city of Aalborg, Denmark. It’s a piece that highlights the direct lineage of dirt and life, humanity and the natural world — the body of man, of woman, of all creatures from the simple celled to the complex, is born from the decayed dead-mass of each other. The mural is a perfect summation of its creator’s voice, that of Copenhagen-based artist Esther Sarto.
Sarto’s paintings depict a specific world beautified, one where all animals are equal, life feeds into itself and death is just the feeding of another creature of equal import. Sarto uses a soft palette for the harsh nature of her subject matter — the predator and prey are rendered as parallel versions, the meat and egg the same as the mother and child.