About the Artist
Elizabeth Schwaiger (b. 1985, Texas) is a research-based artist living and working in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011. In her decade-long exploration of power dynamics and the looming climate crises, Schwaiger uses a variegated symbolism of water, fracturing, dimensional overlay, gesture, and dialed levels of representational clarity to construct images suggestive of the interplay of the unseen forces that govern our world. She has exhibited in venues and biennials in the UK and the USA including in The Walker Gallery National Museum in Liverpool, The Macintosh Museum in Glasgow, The National Portrait Gallery in London, Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Glasgow International, Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh, Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, and Co-Lab Projects and GrayDUCK Gallery in Austin, and Jane Lombard Gallery in New York City. She was recently awarded a residency by The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at the artist's studio estate on Captiva Island, Florida. She is represented by Jane Lombard Gallery, NYC.
Elizabeth Schwaiger is an American contemporary artist with studios in Austin and Brooklyn. Her practice is rooted in painting, though interdisciplinary exhibition design is becoming increasingly important to the artist as a way of guiding deeper experiential understanding of the themes in her work. Schwaiger’s art is research-based and conceptually anchored at the confluence of luxury and disaster. Because of the dynamic relationships that exist between these two streams, power-differentials have arisen as a constant motif in her work over the last decade. These flows and eddies of agency and control manifest themselves stylistically through dramatic gestural mark and unusual palette as much as they do through more concrete images of de-peopled space, flooded exhibition halls, and ghostly political summits. Ritual, ranging from the banal to the portentous, is depicted in Schwaiger’s work as the sole way of manipulating and navigating these teetering power structures otherwise outside of an individual’s singular influence. At the crux of Schwaiger’s practice is deeply resonant observations of the beauty and the awe of a runaway world on the brink.