beth johnston...
artist + educator

making work around|about|amidst|from within the climate crisis



  1. the great delusion
  2. the tumbleweed, for example
  3. entangled
  4. windshield phenomena
  5. matter of degrees
  6. red dots
  7. agri.culture
  8. discarded
  9. dear reader
  10. the form(ation) of loess
  11. climate clock

upcoming exhibitions 

July - August 2022
Microscope Gallery
New York, New York


Video Stills:

“Bill McKibben wrote, ‘We live in a post-natural world.’ But did, ‘Nature’ in this sense ever exist? Or was it rather the deification of the human that gave it an illusory apartness from ourselves? Now that non-human agencies have dispelled that illusion, we are confronted suddenly with a new task: that of finding other ways in which to imagine the unthinkable beings and events of this era.

– Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

As we face unprecedented ecological disaster, I join Amitav Ghosh in questioning:

“Are we deranged?”

              “Future generations might think so.”

Installation view: 

Custom steel tv stand for 32” screen.



Video, 6 min 10 sec

The Great Delusion is a visual and auditory essay investigating the ongoing legacy of objectifying nature from within the climate crisis.

Research topics:
decolonizing nature, more-than-human worlds, new materiality, animism, queer ecologies, perception, temporal chasms

RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center, RI, 2022

Microscope Gallery, New York, New York, 2022 (upcoming)