beth johnston...

artist + educator

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

Custom steel tv stand for 32” screen.

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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 and spacial chasms

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

Microscope Gallery, New York, New York, July/August, 2022