"your eyes have their silence"
Stoneware, sticks, whiskers
13 x 12 x 8 inches
In December 2006, I reviewed Beth Cavener Stichter's New York City solo exhibition "A Modest Proposal."
"There isn't anything extraordinary or even distinguished about Stichter's subject matter; she presents us with animals cowering, lounging, squirming, fucking, scowling. [...] Stichter's sculptures are strong because she is confident enough to tiptoe in cliche. As Wallace Stegner writes in his novel, All The Little Live Things, 'it's only the literary, hot for novelty, who fear cliche, and I am no longer of that tribe'; his point being that, unfashionable though they may be, cliches are usually more evocative than so much 'original' content.
Stichter's menagerie is familiar because it is family. We know these animals (and their foibles) because we know ourselves. Until we stop scratching the itch, then, the honest animals (rare among the self-styled avant garde) will continue to respond to work of this ilk. I look forward to following Stichter's work for years to come."
Stoneware, cast iron bolt, and washer
32 x 11 x 6 inches
Not surprisingly, then, I'm looking forward to Stichter's upcoming New York solo outing, "On Tender Hooks." The exhibition opens this Thursday, October 22nd, at Claire Oliver Gallery.
Stoneware, wooden peg
21 x 18 x 8 inches
Image credits: courtesy Beth Cavener Stichter