Beth Carter’s Reading Minotaur IV is a bronze sculpture of a seated minotaur, his back bent as he reads intently from a small, gold-colored book held in his hands. Carter somehow imbues the proportions and features of a beast with the sensitivity of a lamb. This dichotomy is her tour de force. She is a master of juxtaposition. She conveys the allegorical and intimate with each stroke of her hand and leaves every surface raw from human touch. Her sculptures and charcoals are as much a Shakespearean drama as they are the emotional rollercoaster of any particular Wednesday. Carter is able to finesse this fusion of the symbolic and personal because she is a storyteller. Each artwork is a narrative arc. Each piece is a poetic journey of introspection. With Reading Minotaur IV, the existential contrast embodied is not only beast vs. lamb, but also brawn vs. brain.
Bronze, 28¾” x 15¾” x 18½” (73 x 30 x 47cm)
Limited edition of 15
Beth Carter is an artist based in Bristol, UK. She has studied sculptural mythology and methodology in Gambia, India, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. Her practice often morphs the human figure and animal, creating totemic creatures and extraordinary compositions. Her work is held privately in collections across six continents and publicly in the permanent collections of the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins in France and the Muskegon Art Museum in Michigan.
2020 Unrest, Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, Sturgis Gallery
2019 Market Art + Design, Sturgis Art Gallery, Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY