Using painting, photography, and a variety of other media, Lover Earth will explore our bodies’ connections to the landscape and encourage us to think critically about the marks we leave on the planet. Lover Earth draws on the ideas of Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stevens, collaborative performance artists who coined the term “ecosexuality” to describe an erotic connection to nature. Challenging the notion of “Mother Earth,” they instead opted for the phrase “Lover Earth,” which denotes a reciprocal relationship between humans and Earth rather than a relationship in which humans depend on the Earth for nourishment without offering anything in return.
This exhibition is the capstone project for Caroline Coxe ’20, the 2019–20 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Intern. The internship is a yearlong opportunity to introduce a student to post-graduate life by providing academic and practical experience in one or more areas of the Tang over the course of the senior year. Coxe spent the fall working in the Engagement department and the spring and summer working in the Curatorial department.