Elizabeth Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator who has explored themes of the body, gender, queerness, and feminism through art for over 20 years. She has exhibited and performed in museums, galleries and festivals around the world.
Some of Beth’s recent works include the performance works Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth; and Exposed: Experiments in Love, Sex, Death and Art, the video installation, Extreme Kiss; the bronze sculptural installation, The Academic/Porn Star Panty Collection.
Her current passion is SexEcology: the art of exploring the Earth as a lover. Sexecology is designed to shift the metaphor from Earth as a caretaking Mother that that of Earth as sexy Lover and to create the desire in others to love, cherish and honor the earth as they would their most precious lover. Now we will take care of the Earth instead of the Earth taking care of us. SexEcology combines Beth’s interest in sexuality, feminism and ecology to stop environmental degradation in order to bring about global healing, pleasure and sustainability.
Beth is a Professor of Art at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Her art lectures include:
- ADVENTURES OF THE LOVE ART LAB (with partner Annie Sprinkle): lectures and informal presentations about our lives and work with two microphones, a projector and screen.
- Wish You Were Here – A Road Trip Performance Art Piece. This talk requires one microphone, a data projector, screen and an internet hookup
- Saving the Endangered Hillbillies of West Virginia; Working Towards the Abolition of Mountain Top Removal Through Art. This talk requires one microphone, a data projector, cd player, screen and an internet hookup.
- Work and Process, Work in Process – This artist's lecture is a comprehensive look at Stephens’ work for the last 12 years, visiting the many angles of sculpture, installation, photography, video and internet projects that arc into a decade plus of interweaving narratives.
“The most valuable lesson that an art student can learn is to pursue their own art, defining and refining ideas while developing the material skills and craft necessary to execute them. Curiosity and confidence in ideas and process combined with a critical awareness of the context within which the work operates, enables students to engage in continuous examination of their world.” – Beth Stephens