Elizabeth Schwaiger’s dwellings are densely populated, spectral, living spaces. Incandescent lighting enhances the panorama of these art and object filled interiors as well loved and lived in rooms.
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.
Schwaiger 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. She was recently awarded a residency by The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at the artist's studio estate on Captiva Island, Florida.
Uncanny Interiors7 Jul - 19 Aug 2022Uncanny Interiors is a group show examining novel and stirring interpretations of interior space, including still lifes and figures in rooms. The exhibition includes works by Anne Buckwalter, Lenz Geerk, Vera Girivi, David Hockney, Shara Hughes, Che Lovelace, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, Danielle McKinney, Kent O ’ Connor, Toyin...
Independent11 - 14 May 2023Nicola Vassell is pleased to present Elizabeth Schwaiger at Independent, New York. In this new body of work, Elizabeth Schwaiger reflects on her experience at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida and the subsequent impact of Hurricane Ian on the Foundation in 2022. Captiva is an island constantly in peril due to its low-lying elevation and rising sea levels. While there in 2019, Schwaiger communed with the land and legacy of Rauschenberg’s studio. When it rained, the campus’ lawns were easily water-logged and lay sodden. She imagined the damage...