The works of British artist Elizabeth Waggett are highly sought after and have been exhibited across the globe and has also completed multiple commissions for the The Prince of Wales in collaboration of the Prince’s Trust.
Waggett has worked with luxury brands as such as Saks, Soho House and SLS Hotels. She has been featured in campaigns alongside Fendi and Valentino and holds an honours degree in Fashion and a postgraduate in Design from the University of Manchester. Elizabeth is currently residing and maintaining full time studio practice in New York. Her work has been featured in numerous national and international publications.
Eminently modern and free-spirited, Waggett’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 today’s consumable world.
Using time honoured skills in a contemporary way, she brings a modern twist to traditional forms through her work. Her 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 pokes fun at man’s obsessive quest to obtain more and more in life, all the while ignoring the true purpose of our lives.
From this Waggett questions the arbitrary prioritization of Earth’s most precious assets, questioning the relationships, behaviours and patterns of humanity. 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.
Using the natural world as her muse she exposes our responsibility of owning the effects of our decisions. She adorns each piece with gold leaf and precious metals which contrast to the monochromatic pallet of her drawing. The result is a visual representation of the inner struggle to balance greed and purpose.
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.
Wagget’s fine art technique takes hours of intense concentration before a final gilding of 24 karat gold leaf is applied. She only uses responsibly sourced materials of the highest quality, including certified Saunders Waterford archival cotton paper and ethically sourced 24 karat gold.