Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sculptor: Beth Cavener

Beth Cavener

Beth Cavener - Sculptor from Bas Berkhout on Vimeo.

Beth Cavener is a sculptor that focuses on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. This video goes over her process and why she sculpts the figures she does. On the surface, the figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. It is beneath the surface though that they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.  The figures of animals and humans she uses show patterns of intricate, subliminal gestures that betray intent and motivation. In her work, it's all about learning to read the meanings in the subtler signs. The body language of animals in her work is used as a metaphor: transforming the animal subjects into human psychological portraits. Her work has been featured in multiple exhibitions and even hosts workshops.

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