Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

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After marrying the Earth, Stephens and Sprinkle have conducted 17 wedding performances in the span of 8 years in 8 countries that included over 3,500 people.
Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens are two ecosexuals in love, who live and work together in a cabin in a Redwood forest in Boulder Creek and in a Victorian home in San Francisco. Devoted to developing the ecosex movement through art, theory, erotic practices, and activism since 2008, they’ve produced numerous ecosex symposiums, eco-weddings, workshops, lectures, walking tours, art exhibits, and have made an award-winning documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. Beth is an art professor at UCSC; Annie has a PhD in Human Sexuality. To make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun, and diverse, they switch the metaphor from ‘Earth as mother’ to ‘Earth as lover.’ This summer they are doing a new multimedia series of projects called Here Come the Ecosexuals! theEcosexuals.org

Artist Statement

We are two ecosexual artists in love, committed to doing projects that shift the metaphor from Earth as mother to Earth as lover, in order to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with our planet. Furthermore, we aim to make the environmental movement more sexy, fun, and diverse. Over the past five years we have had seven eco-themed weddings; we married the Earth, Sky, Sea, Moon, and Appalachian Mountains in four countries over five years, with thousands of collaborators. This photo is of a West Virginia mountain that has been decapitated from the PERVERSE practice of mountaintop removal mining. (Over five hundred mountains have been destroyed, along with all their plants, animals, fish, and streams, leaving tons of toxic sludge and environmental devastation.) This image is one of our many gestures to bring ecosexual healing to our seriously abused mountains. Superimposed on the image are our wedding vows to the Earth.

Exhibited Work

Assuming the Ecosexual Position, edition #1 of 3
2011
Photograph montage
33”x41”
Ecosex Wedding Project
2014
Installation using Redwood branches with 7 TV monitors
77”x91”x36”

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.

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