The artist aimed to create works that despite their appearance are not necessarily pleasant. That will perhaps invoke a feeling of disquiet and unrest in those who live a precarious life of comfort and superiority. Eliza Bennett applied the technique of deep buttoning, referencing the style that is characteristic of inanimate furnishings of the Victorian bourgeoisie. The artist refers to the old and familiar styles of this era of artifice and decadence, to represent the body as a slightly ridiculous collection of ornamental parts, subject to the same alienating status as inert, lifeless objects.
“Acquisitiveness, riches and idleness had finally trapped her. Commodification of self had been her ultimate sacrifice. She placed herself and her acquisition on show, her life became still… She could no longer dwell in that soft well upholstered cell.”