Beth Cavener Stichter Lecture at Vanderbilt 

Beasts of Burden

Beasts of Burden
It’s not unusual to attribute human emotions to animals — anthropomorphism, in the U.S. at least, is probably at an all-time high, as evidenced by the jewelry and restaurants now available to pets. But the emotions we often think we see reflected back at us in animal eyes tend to be the ones we’re most comfortable with ourselves. In Beth Cavener Stichter’s eerie, unsettling work, goats, rabbits and other beasts coil in fear, gaze heavily with shame and ache with sexual longing. In sculptures that start as single, massive slabs of clay, Cavener Stichter deals powerfully with emotion, cruelty and fetish — evoking both the human in the animal and vice versa. She’ll discuss her work as part of “StudioVU: The Department of Art Lecture Series.” The lecture is free.
Wed., April 7, 2010

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