Extinct Botanicals

Using saturated reds, oranges, and other brilliant colors, each plant shouts to make us look at it- and mourn its loss. Bold leaves, stems, petals, and roots fly, explode, and burst with an energy that embraces the viewer. It also helps that

work is often six feet high and five feet wide. Gottlieb’s paintings capture the elegance and details of plants; yet, in some cases, she relied on verbal descriptions rather than on an unavailable image. Gottlieb crosses such a line, favoring to create stirring compositions and dramatic arrangements of colors, textures and shapes, and space. While we relish the beauty of each painting, we never lose sight of Gottlieb’s mission.

    ArtScene October, 2012

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Invasive Species

In this body of work Gottlieb continues her exploration of loss and extinction through appropriated, and revised, images by John James Audubon (1785-1851). The artist intentionally takes these historically familiar representations of nature and alters our perception and understanding of them through a series of interventions. Invasive Species probes the exploitative nature of non-native species once introduced into foreign ecosystems. In these works the subjects are literally bound and suffocated by the presence of an invasive botanical growth. The creatures are visibly compromised in these images, but the aesthetic remains serene and contemplative. By retaining Audubon’s visual language, and in fact by appropriating it in her own emulative additions, Gottlieb’s revisionist additions are intended to defer a moment of realization. We are not entirely sure if they are beautiful or distressing, and in fact they are both. Content is again deceivingly fraught beneath a beautiful veneer.  

Artweek.LA  August 30,  2012

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