Artist Biography - Elizabeth Waggett
Elizabeth is a British Artist and Designer currently residing and maintaining full time studio practice in New York City. She holds an honours degree in Fashion and a postgraduate in Design from the University of Manchester. Employing traditional artistic processes, Waggett reinvents forms of modernity which confront contemporary culture and challenge her viewers’ assumptions....br>Eminently modern and free spirited Elizabeth’s artwork focuses on the confusion of today’s modern society. She challenges the viewer to confront the relationship between humanity’s preconceived notions of value and worth, in our consumable world. The Gold Standard, which has been used for centuries, is a perfect representation of humanity’s obsession with vain and valueless beauty.
Using time honored skills in a contemporary way, Elizabeth brings a modern twist to traditional forms through her hyperrealist works. Elizabeth’s social commentary, seeks to illuminate the arbitrary value we place on useless and culturally devoid items, while simultaneously devaluing those things with innate value. She questions the relationship between war, religion, beauty and destruction.
Using the subject of animal, human skulls and personal artifacts, Elizabeth exposes the responsibility of the individual in owning the effects of their decisions. Adoring each piece with gold leaf and precious metal, the dichotomy of the monochromatic pallet against the gold is a visual representation of the struggle of the inner self to balance greed and purpose.
Through this Elizabeth questions the arbitrary prioritization of Earth’s most precious assets. While the human race is capable of creating indescribable beauty it is also capable of immeasurable destruction. Many of us remain divorced of direct responsibility for the destruction of our planet’s invaluable resources, often taking the word of the media, politicians, religious leaders and CEOs at face value.
She draws inspiration from her international background with her work being dominated by the discordant relationship between true value and worth. Having lived all over the world in some of the most diverse and contrasting cities, she is fascinated by the stark comparison of perceived success, and draws on this international experience to narrate her work.
The monochromatic pallet simplifies the form allowing a deeper exploration of the subject matter. This causes the viewer to focus first on a photographic representation of the skull, before a closer inspection reveals the true technique as well as the soul of each skull. This fine art technique takes hours of intense concentration before a final gilding of 24 karat gold leaf is applied.True to this fine art tradition, she only uses the highest quality materials, responsibly sourced, such as certified Saunders Waterford archival cotton paper and ethically sourced 24 karat gold.
Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited widely in the UK, USA and the UAE, where she began her career with her sell out solo show in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Most recently having been commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales. for his annual summer ball Her works are held in private collections in North America, Bahrain, Europe, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Various publications such as Life Magazine, Grazia, Art Zealous,The Art Gorgeous, Juxtapoze,Avenue Magazine and Fashion Week have all covered Elizabeth’s work. She has worked for names such as Selfridges’ and Co, Allsaints, Reebok, and Fashion Week.