All Living Things: The Art of Esther Sarto

 

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.

 

'Human Nature' mural by Esther Sarto (Located in Aalborg, Denmark)

‘Human Nature’ mural by Esther Sarto (Located in Aalborg, Denmark)

 

'Soulfood' by Esther Sarto

‘Soulfood’ by Esther Sarto

 

Painting by Esther Sarto

Painting by Esther Sarto

 

'Winter Painting' by Esther Sarto

‘Winter Painting’ by Esther Sarto

 

'Subtropical Love' by Esther Sarto

‘Subtropical Love’ by Esther Sarto

 

'Night' by Esther Sarto

‘Night’ by Esther Sarto

 

Painting by Esther Sarto

Painting by Esther Sarto

 

'Carnivores' by Esther Sarto

‘Carnivores’ by Esther Sarto

 

Painting by Esther Sarto

Painting by Esther Sarto

 

'Butcher Shop Bliss' by Esther Sarto

‘Butcher Shop Bliss’ by Esther Sarto

 

'Shanghai Dream' by Esther Sarto

‘Shanghai Dream’ by Esther Sarto

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