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National Awards:

  • Gold Medal for Best Fine Art Book 2020
    IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Gold Medal for Best Fine Art Book 2020
    IPA Independent Press Awards
  • Bronze Medal for Best Fine Art Book 2020
    Foreword INDIES

The animals in Beth Cavener’s work are better described as avatars, embodiments of persons or emotions that disguise her subjects. In this way she gives her subjects an expanded identity, pairing each with an animal that, to one extent or another, explains or parallels their behavior. The animal reveals the subject’s primal roots and serves as the lens through which we see the evolution of the subject into a modern being. We ultimately come to understand that the human and the animal are inexorably linked together.

The dynamism of Beth Cavener’s figures comes from the constant shifting in our minds from human to animal. It is kinetic, releasing emotional energy caused by the disparity between what we see—the animal form—and what we know—that this is a human portrait. Thus the fascination in Cavener’s art is perpetual.

Garth Clark is a leading scholar of modern and contemporary ceramics. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, with over ninety books and monographs to his credit. As the director of the Ceramic Arts Foundation, he has organized eight international conferences.

Ezra Shales is a professor of art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has published numerous articles and essays on contemporary art, most recently on Tom Joyce, Michael Sherill, Kim Dickey, and Shari Mendelson.

Lauren Amalia Redding is an artist and writer living and working in Naples, Florida. Redding is a contributing writer for The Blue Review and PaintGuide, among others.

Size: 11 x 13
Pages: 252
Plates: 160
Linen Hardbound; Collector Edition available
ISBN: 78-1-934491-69-0
Price: $86