I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human. 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.
Beth Cavener, a Helena, MT artist, explores the human experience through sculptures of sensuous and sentient animals. In her hands the distance between animal and hominid is close to nonexistent. Her technique is a demanding one. She starts with a maquette, a smaller piece that will be the reference work for the life-size sculptures. She builds substantial armatures to support pieces weighing 2,400 pounds or more. She has a nice slide show on her website that walks you through the entire process.
I love the internet for discovering new works of art and hearing what other artists have to say. There are a number of galleries in our area but no significant museums, no extensive collections. I spent many years exploring the museums in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Moving to Oregon came as a shock. That’s when I realized how lucky I’d been to have been living near those wonderful public museums. When I need to center I’m usually found in my garden, recharging. Museums and greenhouses were my refuge when the nights got long and the ground was still too cold and sleepy to plant. Fortunately for me, just as I moved to a more rural area, the internet came into being. The internet not only brought me new art and artists from all over the world, it brought me to GT via Jezebel. I thought it would be fitting to celebrate my first post on GT by sharing my most recent discovery from the rabbit hole.
Post your most recent source of joy. Extra points if you found it on the digital express.