Past Exhibitions

Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant

Colocasia_esculenta-499x720-2d0f20db-99bd-4fbc-9b01-268b67b61e1fFriday, September 6 – Tuesday, December 31

The “Invasive Plant” series appropriates and significantly alters existing print plates from the John James Audubon archive. In these paintings, Gottlieb reconsiders the iconic 19th century imagery by binding the classic Audubon birds with tightly woven bands of invasive plant species. The images stage an invasion of this historical imagery, enacting the ravages of a contemporary ecological phenomenon wherein non-native species are introduced into an environment and overtake the balance of its delicate ecosystem.

Full Artist Statement

After receiving her BFA from the Art Center College for Design in Pasadena, Penelope Gottlieb went on to earn her MFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara where she currently lives and works.

Gottlieb’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including: The Michael Kohn Gallery, The Edward Cella Gallery, Light Box Gallery, The Gerald Peters Gallery, The Heather James Gallery, The Page Bond Gallery, Otis Art Institute, The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the Nevada Museum of Art, Krannert Art Museum, Lotusland, the Whatcome Museum and LACMA.

Her work is included in private and public collections including:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Whitney Museum of Western Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, The 21c Museum, The Fanny May Corp and The Palm Springs Museum of Art.  Penelope Gottlieb won an Emmy for Motion Picture Title Design.

Artist Website

First Friday: Friday, September 6 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Penelope Gottlieb Artist Talk at MMA La Mirada Cultural Center: Saturday, September 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Members Online: $5, Not-yet-Members Online: $10, All at the Door: $15


Image: Penelope Gottlieb, Colocasia esculenta, 2019, acrylic and ink over Audubon print, 60 x 40 inches. Image courtesy of Penelope Gottlieb