2004 MFA UCSB
Penelope Gottlieb’s recent paintings are large-scale, highly detailed, and densely rendered works that explore ecological crisis and botanical extinction. She re-envisions, and ultimately re-invents, lost botanical plant life based on historical descriptions and accounts. In the absence of existing visual references for these perished species, Penelope engages extinction in a literal way by summoning its subjects back to life through a series of imagined reconstructions. Her work, while charged with timely environmental anxieties, and conversant with our shared dread of ecological peril, is powerfully seductive and visually alluring. Deceivingly decorative and lush upon first glance, the paintings’ aesthetic veneer is anything but superficial. Upon closer inspection, the work reveals an arresting network of imagery, complexity, and depth.
Penelope Gottlieb’s art work is included in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wellington Management Art Collection, Whitney Museum of Western Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Palm Springs Museum of Art, 21c Museum of Art.