Rachelle Beaudoin was at Vermont Studio Center for a month-long residency as a Clowes Fund Fellow in June. 2015. According to her website biography, Rachelle attended College of the Holy Cross and holds a Master’s degree in Digital+Media from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited at Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance, Goldsmiths London UK; the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland; and Low Lives 3 and Itinerant Festival of International Performance Art, Queens, New York. She was a Fulbright artist-in-residence at quartier21 in Vienna, Austria, in 2014 and she currently teaches at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She was also a Spring 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO.
Rachelle said: “My time at VSC was incredibly productive. The work I made there was shown in many venues since and helped solidify and clarify the role of rural New England as a site and theme in my work. More importantly, at VSC, I connected with other artists and writers, like Virginia Lee Montgomery, whose feminist videos and sculpture inspire me; and DeMisty Bellinger, who did not bat an eye when I asked her if she would like to write about eyebrows for an artist book collaboration.”
Rachelle lives and works in New England, in rural Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her practice includes video and performance art as well as sculpture and painting. According to her bio on College of the Holy Cross website, she uses video, wearables, and performance to explore feminine iconography and identity within popular culture. She began a series of “webisodes” in 2007 on YouTube that highlight the absurdity of Americas beauty standards for women.
Her practice is often humorous with sharp edges and suggests the intention to provoke. “It takes artists like Beaudoin to reveal a difficult truth: Reality really is stranger than fiction. All we can do is laugh together, to keep ourselves from crying,” read the feature article on the artist in the September/October 2019 issue of Art New England.
VSC celebrates the work and recognition of alumnx such as Rachelle. A VSC residency offers a private room, private studio and three meals a day on the VSC campus in Johnson, Vermont. In addition to open enrollment, VSC offers more than 200 annual fellowships open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world, at three fellowship application deadlines of February 15, June 15, and October 1.
Read more about Rachelle Beaudoin as featured in the September/October 2019 issue of Art New England.