Beth Cavener’s Powerful Sculptures That Explore Extreme Human Nature

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Beth Cavener sculpts life-sized animals from stoneware which encases very human emotions. Whether they are up on a pedestal or hung from the ceiling, the emotional displays of these anthropomorphic sculptures explore the extremes of human emotion and psychology like love, hate and fear.

“I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human.” Cavener writes on her website. “Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures express frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding. Something conscious and knowing is captured in their gestures and expressions. An invitation and a rebuke.” The Washington-based Cavener also collaborates with other artists such as Allesandro Gallo, who painted the intricate Japanese tattoos of on some of these compelling artworks. Check out more of her work below.

1. Is it me?

“Is it me


2. Forgiveness.

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3. A Second Kind of Loneliness

A Second Kind of Loneliness


4. Anywhere but here.

Anywhere but here


5. Bloom

Bloom


6.  Bolt

Bolt


7. Commited

Commited


8. Diminuendo

Diminuendo


9. Enenra

Enenra


10. Hare leaping over nothing.

Hare Leaping Over Nothing


11. Humiliation by design.

Humiliation by Design


12. In Bocca al Lupo

In Bocca al Lupo


13. Kept

Kept


14. L’Amante

L’Amante


15. Luce Danzante

Luce Danzante


16. Obariyon

Obariyon


17. Render

Render


18. Seeds Sown Among Thorns

Seeds Sown Among Thorns


19. Study for a Netted Hare

Study for a Netted Hare


20. Tangled Up In You

Tangled Up In You


21. The Adoration

The Adoration


22. The Choleric

The Choleric


23. The Melancholic

The Melancholic


24. The Optimist

The Optimist


25. The Phlegmatic

The Phlegmatic


26. The Question That Devours

The Question That Devours


27. The Sanguine

The Sanguine


 

28. The Sentimental Question

The Sentimental Question


 

29. The White Hind

The White Hind


30. Trapped

Trapped

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