Your Eyes Have Their Silence
Porcelain, birch, whiskers; ht. 12.25, wd. 8, dp. 7 in.
The title of this work reflects a painful poignancy, sight and sound mix metaphors and the twigs that extend from the animals eye sockets may or may not have caused blindness but appear as devices to extend vision. In the tradition of the “bestiary” this is a moral lesson in overcoming adversity.
Cavener’s work focuses her sculpture on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal forms. “On the surface,” says Cavener, “these figures are simply feral animals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding”. In making these painstakingly modeled works, Cavener has learned to read meaning in the subtler signs; “rely[ing] on animal body language in [her] work as a metaphor for these underlying patterns, transforming the animal subjects into human psychological portraits. Something conscious and knowing is captured in their gestures and expressions, both an invitation and a rebuke.”
Beth Cavener’s education has been extensive: Cecil Academy of Arts, Florence, Italy, 1994; Haverford College, BA, Sculpture, 1995; Ohio State University, MFA, Ceramics, 2002. Awards: Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, 2005; Emerging Artist Grant, American Crafts Council, 2003 and others. She is in numerous collections such as Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, Spokane, WA; 21C Museum, Louisville, KY.
Provenance: Purchased from the Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY