There are many paths in life. There’s the “Hey, you’re cute, sure, I’ll marry you after graduation and med school” and the “Can you drive Susie to soccer today, ‘cause I’ve got a pediure?” path. And then there’s my path, where I found myself 16 and pregnant and I realized “I have to get a job, I have to raise a kid and being me, I have to do it all by myself.” Not easy. But the thing with my path was, when I reached the end, I turned around and realized I’d ended up someplace really good.
Beth Cavener Stichter’s (Hi-Fructose Vol. 26 cover artist) sculptures have an intensely-visceral quality. The ceramic animals she hand-builds demonstrate an human-like sense of understanding with their sensitive gazes and anthropomorphic eyes. But despite their thoughtful countenances, these characters are also perfectly at home in their animal skins. Cavener Stichter’s work does not shy away from the brutality of the animal world, from its untamed sexuality to its endless cycle of predator and prey.
She recently collaborated with Italian artist Alessandro Gallo (previously featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 24), who embellished her latest sculpture, Tangled Up in You, with painted tattoos reminiscent of traditional Japanese tattoo art. The 65-inch-tall sculpture (15 feet total, from the top knot of the rope to the floor) shows a lanky rabbit intertwined with a snake in mid-air. It is unclear whether the two figures are caught in a struggle to the death or a passionate embrace. Tangled Up in You is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Take a look at some detail shots of the elaborate piece as well as some photos of Cavener Stichter in her studio.
These are my girls. I’ve always had a heart to adopt, and #Sponsorship has been the perfect opportunity for me at this season in my life. I get to support these two beauties and bring hope and promise of a future to their communities. I am so proud and so blessed to be able to make a generational impact in [at least] one life in India, and one life in Zimbabwe. I have the opportunity to pray for these “daughters,” that they would grow up in strength and wisdom, and the knowledge that they have immeasurable love and value in the eyes of their creator. I am supporting two world changers, and I cannot wait to watch them thrive. #sponsorshipmatters #socality #HOPEsnameisJesus #everyonematters #thisiscommunity #globalfamily #changealifechangetheworld
This is Ayanda. I saw her picture this weekend, and God broke my heart for this beautiful little girl. I’m so excited to become a part of her life, and stand in the gap for her future. #sponsorshipmatters @onechildmatters #zimbabwe @libertychurchny #nyctozim (at NYC)