Contemporary art by Beth Cavener is very strong for the meaning of her animal sculptures. Beth Cavener is an artist that explores the extremes of human emotion and psychology through the articulated forms of animals. The twisting shapes of oversized predatory cats, foxes, goats, and other animals are meant to depict the internal and external human struggles of fear, anger, love.
Cavener says: “On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension,” “[but] beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.”
“I have learned to read meaning in the subtler signs; a look, the way one holds one’s hands, the tightening of muscles in the shoulders, the incline of the head, the rhythm of a walk, and the slightest unconscious gestures. I rely on animal body language in my work as a metaphor for these underlying patterns, transforming the animal subjects into human psychological portraits.”
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Cavener achieves the highly expressive quality of her sculptures through an intensely laborious process. She extracts her figures from solid blocks of clay, every gestural passage the result of her own physical labor, and then slices them into small sections, hollowing and reworking each in order to heighten its sense of life and internal energy.
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