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"Move the puck, bitch," a twelve-year-old boy from the opposing team yelled to me in the corner. This is when I became a feminist. I was the only girl on a Pee Wee ice hockey team and I had to dress separately in another locker room or sometimes in the lobby. Still athletic, I use my own body in performances and videos to confront and challenge ideals and standards that pervade the culture.
"It's pie season. We've got to work out for the pie," the fitness instructor said to the group this morning as we held the plank position for sixty seconds. This is why I am a feminist. Even as a thirty-seven-year-old, I am bombarded with absurd expectations. Now I see "real" women who are thin, pretty and perfect mothers nursing their babies on Instagram. When I see an image and think, "Wait, what? That's not my reality," I make work that responds to and critiques those ideals.
"This is how you, too, can achieve hotness" I said looking directly into the camera as I gave myself a bikini wax. This is how I make feminist art. In my videos, I make jokes and conduct social experiments that call into question the images and expectations that I see and have internalized.
I keep making feminist work that reacts to stereotypical, degrading and simplistic images of women because these images persist. Every time I scroll through images, I see something I could respond to. Each time, I think, "Wait, what?" the process begins again.
Rachelle Beaudoin is an artist who uses video, wearables, and performance to explore feminist identity within popular culture. She attended the College of the Holy Cross and holds a Master's degree in Digital+Media from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions, Welcome to the Bob House, at 3SArtspace in Portsmouth, NH, 2016 and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Internet at the Magenta Suite, Exeter, NH 2019. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO 2013. She was a Fulbright Core Scholar artist-in-residence at quartier21 in Vienna, Austria in 2014. In 2015, she was a Clowes Fund Fellow at Vermont Studio Center. In 2019, she was an artist-in-residence at Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH.
She currently teaches at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and lives in New Hampshire.
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