The Protector

Elizabeth Waggett

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

“The perfect symmetry of these beetles, highlighted by their imposing antlers, evokes a feeling of immense strength. They are steadfast and orderly, a symbol of divine order: the order humanity seeks to find.

For me, the hard shell of the beetle is a joy and challenge to draw, picking up on the natural lines of the body and reflections in their natural iridescent shine. There is something so magical about their structure, something so small resembling that of a much larger mammal. Expanding them to feel larger than life was my way of honoring their importance in our ecology.

The Scarab Beetle held sacred status among Ancient Egyptians, crediting their divine incarnation with the act of rolling the sun across the heavens; conversely, in Hinduism, the beetle is seen as the lowliest animal representing vileness and a despicable nature. I enjoy depicting creatures of such contrast, much like my lobsters, and open my work to observers with new perspectives.” – Elizabeth Waggett

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22 x 22 inches

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Graphite charcoal, 22k gold, and oxidised silver leaf on cotton paper Framed

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