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Peterborough artist exhibiting ‘Let’s Work it Out’

A solo exhibition installation entitled “Let’s Work It Out” by artist Rachelle Beaudoin of Peterborough will open Friday in the Carroll House Galleries on the Keene State College campus.

Her artwork, which includes both photographic and video based works, deals with the physical interactions, feats and failures of her bodily experience as a woman living in rural New Hampshire. Within two different bodies of work on display, she explores the contrast in her day-to-day experience of the natural and outdoor environment, and the mediated, glossy experience of the Internet, celebrity and popular culture.

Through a combination of past performances, videos and wearable objects, she overlaps icons of female sexuality to create a new space of uncertainty and interest. Beaudoin said, “I often use humor and sarcasm as an entry point into issues of gender, power and class.”

Beaudoin earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Fine Art in digital + media from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007.

Since that time she has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous galleries including exhibitions at Antena in Chicago, Ill., NUTUREArt in Brooklyn, N.Y., Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Calif., Crossing Art Gallery in Queens, N.Y., the New Gallery in London, U.K., at Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum in Mexico City, and at the University of Lapland, Finland.

She has received N.H. State Council on the Arts grants along with Faculty Research and Publication grants. Beaudoin teaches digital photography and new media at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. She is a Fulbright scholar and will be an artist-in-residence at quatier21 in Vienna, Austria.

There will be an opening reception on today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22.

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