A Quest for Knowledge, Ellen Altfest

Ellen Altfest paints from direct observation in natural light and refers to her work as a quest for knowledge in a certain way

Here's a link to an interview for the Venice Biennial where Altfest discusses her process as it relates to the work included in The Encyclopedic Palace at the Biennial.

Randy Kennedy reviews Altfests work and includes a photo essay of her project to paint a dead section of a tree which took 13 months of work out of doors. I haven't been able to find an image of the tree piece installed in venice, but here are some examples of her work.
Photo from Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast
Rotting Gourd


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