This painting is part of a series of quiet museum and art studio interiors that serve as narratives of powerlessness, isolation and crisis. This work, full of flourishes and gestural marks that create a sense of visual mystery, depicts the present entangled between past and future tensions.

① Artwork:

In Lilting Tones

This painting is part of a series by the artist depicting quiet interiors, including unpopulated museums and vacant artists’ studios. Each one serves as a narrative of powerlessness, isolation and crisis. The artist has imbued the canvas with flourishes and gestural marks, demonstrating her favor for dynamic composition. This work shifts between the recognizable and the uncanny, creating a sense of visual mystery.


25 inches
24 inches

③ Artist:

Elizabeth Schwaiger

Elizabeth Schwaiger is a research-based artist whose work depicts the looming climate crises and the power dynamics behind it. Her paintings frequently employ water symbolism as well as techniques such as overlay. Schwaiger constructs images exploring the precarious present as well as the interplay of the unseen forces that govern our world—while also providing the viewer with a moment to pause and reflect.


Elizabeth Schwaiger was born in Texas in 1985. She received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011.

Schwaiger’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues and biennials, including at: the Walker Gallery National Museum in Liverpool, UK; the Mackintosh Museum at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, UK; the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK; the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK; the Glasgow International in Glasgow, UK; the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh, UK; the Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Texas; and Co-Lab Projects and GrayDUCK Gallery in Austin, Texas. 

Schwaiger was recently awarded a residency by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at the artist's studio estate on Captiva Island, Florida.

Schwaiger lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Elizabeth Schwaiger:
In Lilting Tones, 2021
Watercolor, acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
24.0 × 25.0 inches /