GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and Kutztown University will host in partnership a workshop and lecture by world renown ceramic sculptor Beth Cavener. The event is free and open to the public.

Beth Cavener is known for her dynamic, emotionally charged figurative sculptures. Cavener will demonstrate her sculpting
techniques, including building an armature, sculpting solid, and hollowing out. Participants will learn how to tackle elements of gesture and expression with subtle shifts in line and form.

Workshop Demonstrations November 7th-9th
9 am – 6:00 pm with a lunch break at Noon
Located at Kutztown University Sharadin 108

Visiting Artist Talk November 8th, 2023 at 7pm
Located in the Albert and Eunice Boscov Theater at GoggleWorks

Beth Cavener – Sculptor from Bas Berkhout on Vimeo.

About the Work:

Animal Body, Human Space
Primitive animal instincts lurk in our own depths, waiting for the chance to slide past a conscious moment. The sculptures I create focus 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.
The things we leave unsaid are far more important than the words spoken out-loud to one another. I have learned to read meaning in the subtler signs; a look, the way one holds one’s hands, the incline of the head, and the slightest unconscious gesture. I rely on animal body language in my work as a metaphor for these underlying patterns, transforming the animal subjects into human psychological portraits.

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.