Beth Cavener’s Powerful Sculptures That Explore Extreme Human Nature


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.


3. A Second Kind of Loneliness

A Second Kind of Loneliness