Penelope Anstruther – Behind & In Front


© 2016

edition of 1

dimensions in inches: 8 x 10 x 1

The Water, The Drought [And Other Withered Stumps of Time]

About this piece:
Made at a deciding point between two moments Behind & In Front, The Water, The Drought [And Other Withered Stumps of Time] is a bridge between two mental spaces. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, the book is a conversation about simultaneously looking forwards and backwards from the fixed space of the present. Words written between the brackets are direct quotes from the poem, and those that are not are my own. Words and images were printed on the Vandercook using polymer plates on milk painted canvas.

Canvas book in canvas magnetic snapping portfolio. The book is stiff enough to stand on its own and consists of seven painted and letterpressed double page spreads with text.

canvas, milk paint, ink, metal, magnet

About the artist:
Lives and works in Oakland, California, United States.

Penelope Anstruther is a British born, multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland, California. Pieces span the range of mixed media assemblage, installation, printmaking, book arts, collage, photography and experimental video. No matter the medium, strong themes of fragility; simultaneous and opposing emotions; mental & physical landscape and the transience of memory and identity expressed through objects, run throughout the work.


Penelope Anstruther – Behind & In Front