His artist statement from the “Cute and Creepy” exhibition at Florida State University:
Martin Wittfooth’s work stems from a personal desire to process and reflect on the increasingly haywire relationship, confusion, and general detachment – both of experience and understanding – that the modern-day industrialized world has with its surrounding environment, and the forced and uneasy assimilations that take place when the two inevitably meet.
By removing the human figure from the works and instead portraying nature in man-made or manufactured settings, Wittfooth’s work forces us to be impartial observers to these scenes and to process the tension within them as mere witnesses rather than active participants.
Much of this work deals with violence, disquiet, chaos and collapse, but not entirely absent in these works is also the suggestion of hope and the presence of beauty.
Wittfooth’s art draws both technical and conceptual inspiration from a wide variety of classical painters, but in their subject matter and themes his paintings are concerned with addressing a broad range of contemporary issues.