Gerald Peters Gallery Contemporary

Maria Hajic, Director
mhajic@gpgallery.com
505-954-5719

The Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe is pleased to present A Delicate Balance, a thought-provoking
and timely exhibition of new work by Penelope Gottlieb exploring the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Through the lens of John James Audubon’s iconic bird paintings, Gottlieb highlights the impact of invasive
plant species on native ecosystems and the delicate balance that must be maintained to sustain life on earth. Gottlieb’s appropriation of Audubon’s work highlights the enduring relevance of his artwork and the ways in which our relationship with the natural world has changed over time.
Through her powerful use of color and form, Gottlieb creates a visual commentary on the beauty and resilience of both birds and plants. This exhibition is
a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of preserving the
natural world for future generations.
In conjunction with the exhibition, best-selling author and historian, Dan Flores, will speak at the gallery on Saturday, July 27 at 11am. The author of 11 books and the recipient of numerous awards, Flores will discuss “Audubon and a Vanishing America.” This event is free and open to the public.
Penelope Gottlieb is an Emmy-award winning Motion Picture Title Designer and fine artist. After receiving her BFA from the Art Center College for Design in Pasadena, California, Penelope Gottlieb went on to earn her MFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara where she currently lives and works.

							

									Penelope Gottlieb									Agapanthus praecox 2024									acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print<br />
60 x 40 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Agapanthus praecox 2024
acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
60 x 40 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Brugmansia suaveolens 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print<br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Brugmansia suaveolens 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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Brugmansia suaveolens (aka angel’s trumpet or devil’s weed) is a genus of the nightshade family. It is a highly toxic hallucinogenic, containing tropane alkaloids.
It is considered an invasive weed in many areas. Strangely, this plant is also listed as extinct in the wild by the IUCN although it can be found in cultivation or living outside its native habitat of Brazil. It became extinct due to the extinction of an unidentified animal (most likely a mammal) which previously dispersed its seeds.
The Dantura is a night flowering plant.

Barn Owl 18th and 19th Folklore gave the barn owl a sinister reputation. Because it was only seen in darkness, this bird was associated with doom. Its screech was believed to be a prediction of death. The custom of nailing an owl to a barn door was thought to ward off evil.

Morpho Menelaus butterfly Blue morphos are severely threatened by deforestation of tropical forests and habitat fragmentation. Humans are also a direct threat to this spectacular butterfly because their beauty attracts
artists and collectors from all over the world who wish to capture
and display them. In fact, in my research I found several websites offering specimens for as low as $14.

The Chemosphere House I grew up not far from the Chemosphere House in the Hollywood Hills, just off Mulholland Dr, CA. It is a modernist house designed by John Lautner in 1960 which the Encyclopedia Britannica once called “the most modern house in the world”.

Modernism VS Nature The structure of modernity further externalized and objectified nature. The culture of strict geometry, a lack of ornamentation and the triumph of machine-made construction further externalized and objectified the natural world. The advent of Modernism further stressed its environment and put ecological systems at risk, ie Nature is alien to society and should be mastered by science as a means to man’s emancipation.


							

									Penelope Gottlieb									Hemerocallis fulva 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print<br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Hemerocallis fulva 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Dioscorea bulbifera 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Dioscorea bulbifera 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Grevillea robusta 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Grevillea robusta 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Hibiscus syriacus 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Hibiscus syriacus 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Marisolia diversifolia 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Marisolia diversifolia 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Pyrus calleryana 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Pyrus calleryana 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Rosa bracteate 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Rosa bracteate 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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									Penelope Gottlieb									Ruellia simplex 2024									Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print <br />
38 x 26 inches

Penelope Gottlieb

Ruellia simplex 2024
Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of a John James Audubon print
38 x 26 inches

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