Beth Cavener Stichter, “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, Clay
Clay sculptor, Beth Cavener Stichter has a unique approach to the artistic expression of the emotional human experience, through animals. Titled “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” the title of a Coldplay song, her sculpture depicts two male goats standing on their hind legs, their mouths locked in a passionate embrace.
“I select animal subjects since the animal body is removed just enough from my own to establish a distance, yet the personal relationship is irresistible. Here, I become far enough away from myself to unravel questions previously tangled in a self-conscious quagmire.”
Her creatures seem to embody the same consequences as humans, yet they are cloaked in animal skin. “Beneath they are experiencing the impacts of aggression, territorial desires, isolation, pack mentality … I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human.”