Working in a variety of art forms and media, including video, feature film, and installation, Beth B creates provocative narratives that mine the violence below the surface of contemporary life. A forerunner of the explosive New York New Wave/punk scene of the late 1970s, B first garnered critical acclaim with her short films and features produced with Scott B, including the stylized film noirs Black Box (1979) and Vortex (1983).
Her subsequent work, including her videotapes, merge documentary and fiction, the personal and the cultural, horror and lyricism, with references that range from Artaud and Bataille to Jim Thompson and Brett Easton Ellis. Themes of loss, death, oppression and desire — the darkness at the core of the everyday — run through her video works, such as Belladonna (1989), Thanatopsis (1991), and Under Lock and Key(1994).
B’s works include the feature films Visiting Desire (1996), Small Bodies (1993) and Battlefields of Recovery, a documentary on Vietnam… read more