About Me

I am a visual artist, ecocritic and animal advocate. For the last two years I have been working on an MA Art History at Carleton University, which I am happy to say is now complete. I am just awaiting the virtual walk across the stage. I say virtual because we are in the midst of COVID-19 and practicing physical distancing.

With a background in science, technology and business, and degrees in biological and earth sciences and psychology, I take an interdisciplinary approach in both my art practice and my academic research. My research interests surround ideas and questions about animals in art and the impacts of industrialized animal agriculture on the biosphere.

In the last year I studied the field of ecocriticism and eco art. I believe this combination is a perfect fit for me and will allow me to reconnect with my earlier studies in ecology. I am therefore extendingmy practice to take a broader ecocrtical look at factors affecting Earth in the Anthropocene. I am currently working on “Life in the Quadrat,” a project in which I am reconnecting my art practice to ecological sciences.

Beth Shepherd, BSc, BA (Hons Psych), MA (Art Historym pending)

Contacts and Links:

To contact me please email to beth@artthatmakesadifference.ca

To visit my other website, more to do with art, ecocriticism and art history, see bethshepherd.ca.

About Art that Makes a Difference

Since 2011 my visual art practice has been focused on drawing attention to the cruelty and destructiveness of factory farming. In my 2010-2014 series, Pigs in a (Post) Modern World, I recreated over fifty modern masterpieces, incorporating pigs in the picture to help raise consciousness of the sentient and social animals trapped in the industrialized food production system. In a curatorial study competed in 2015 I investigated the changing cattle industry over a two-hundred year period and its role as a major contributor to Climate Change. Then after seeing a disturbing footage on the treatment of new-born lambs, I completed a “cute but creepy” series of classical satyrs and fauns called Animal Lovers. In 2016-17 I worked on “The Animal in the Room” project. The idea behind it is to put a face to the animals we call food — the animals whose meat, eggs, milk we consume daily.