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

4. Anywhere but here.

Anywhere but here

5. Bloom


6.  Bolt


7. Commited


8. Diminuendo


9. 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


14. L’Amante


15. Luce Danzante

Luce Danzante

16. Obariyon


17. 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