Human psychological portraits in animals’ figures by Beth Cavener
Beth Cavener, an American artist based in Helena, Montana, creates sculptures focused on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms.
On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.
Both human and animal interactions show patterns of intricate, subliminal gestures that betray intent and motivation.
Beth Cavener relies on animal body language in her work as a metaphor for these underlying patterns, transforming the animal subjects into human psychological portraits.
Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures express frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding.
Images courtesy of Beth Cavener