Artist Statement

My work is generative, self-reflective and often site specific, focused on the parallels between physical and mental landscape: memory triggered by form. Working in a cross-disciplinary practice using drawing, books, prints, videos and site-specific installations, I explore the language of discarded objects.


An object speaks of its surroundings; removed and disassociated it still holds with it the marks of its previous life, its own personal history. Alongside written fragments, mark-making occurs throughout, mirroring those of the objects. Together they act as a device to both obscure and reveal narrative information; combined, they form speculative web-like links between physical and mental spaces. Finished works are a result of culminated knowledge and a gathering of scraps from my surroundings. They are a way of processing recollections, creating non-linear timelines connecting spaces, objects and memories that collapse time and link together similarities or repetitions that seem to circulate and reoccur.


Penelope Anstruther is a British born, multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland, California. Taking materials and visual cues derived directly from the immediate landscape pieces span the range of site-specific installation, printmaking, book arts, ceramics and experimental video. No matter the medium, strong themes of duality, identity, mental & physical landscape and the transience of memory expressed through objects, run throughout the work. Recently she has been deeply informed by her collaborative endeavors. In 2018 she formed Just Enough Collective, a ceramics based practice with fellow artist E. A. Betsy Kellas. She has also been continuously collaborating with her partner Drew Grasso of Modest Press and Sun Night Editions since 2017. 


Anstruther began her arts education at SACI, in Florence Italy, after which she completed her Foundation Year at City & Guilds of London Art School, achieving the award of Two Dimensional Student of The Year. Subsequently, Anstruther was awarded her BFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, CA, spending a semester in Osaka, Japan, focusing on monoprint & book arts. 


Currently she is focused on her upcoming two months as the Mutual Artist In Residence at Mutual Sores in Oakland, as well as preparing for two solo exhibits, at GearBox Gallery, Oakland and in the Post Office Window at Point Richmond, CA. She has exhibited widely across the United States and has had solo shows in Atlanta, Seattle, and across the Bay Area.