“I tried to watch The Handmaids Tale. I couldn’t do it. It gave me nightmares. It’s too close to being non-fiction and I feel like all we’re doing is watch it inch closer and closer; watching with clenched teeth and spread fingers”
This visceral performance draws from established imagery used in the fetishization of women to formulate a response to the steadily constricting controls on the autonomy of women and ‘othered’ bodies.
Audrey Baldwin is an artist and curator based in Ōtautahi. Her performance-based practice oscillates between gentle, community engaged projects and harsh embodied works.
Both use everyday elements and gestures to highlight and challenge dominant power and value structures and destabilise binaries such as public/private, subject/object.
Her work has been presented around New Zealand as well as in Zimbabwe, Australia, The Netherlands, Japan and India.
Since 2010, Audrey has been performing and creating interventions and events in and around the Christchurch CBD, through her roles as both artist and curator for The Social, First Thursdays Chch, and Glitterbox Pursuits.