a “kind of Thoreauvian mind trip”

“Tree,” the painting Ms. Altfest worked on near North Kent, Conn. Credit: Wendy Carlson for The New York Times

Is how Randy Kennedy referred to the above recent work by painter Ellen Altfest in a recent profile. Produced for the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale it involved her spending 13 months in woods, painting a section of dead tree.

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