Human emotions articulated in wooden animal sculptures

Human emotions articulated in wooden animal sculptures

Artist exposes human primitive instincts

THERE ARE PRIMITIVE ANIMAL INSTINCTS LURKING IN OUR OWN DEPTHS, WAITING FOR THE CHANCE TO SLIDE PAST A CONSCIOUS MOMENT

These are the words of the Montana-based artist Beth Cavener who articulates intense human emotions and psychology through dynamic sculptures of animals. Aggression, territorial desires, isolation, and pack mentality are some of the emotions that the sculptures focus on.

Using pipe joints, wooden dowels, and clay, she forms tense beasts that embody the consequences of fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding. Although the body language is feral, the subtle nuances in the creatures' expressions, postures, and gestures transform each gestural piece into an expressive—and, at times, shocking—human psychological portrait.

"I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human," the artist states. "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."

Cavener is the subject of a recent documentary by filmmaker Bas Berkhout, who interviewed the sculptor in her studio. Watch the videobelow to learn more about Cavener's process and inspiration. Also check out the pics of her sculptures below and visit 'Follow The Black Rabbit' for more. 

Published on: January 2016