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Chaoying Rao

Chaoying Rao
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I am currently completing my BA(Hons) in Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art. I will be graduating in 2020.

My work spreads itself fluidly across different mediums such as photography, painting, sculpture and installation. The subjects I’m interested in tend to vary but they are always driven by the same relentless desire to peel back the meaning of our normative beliefs and cultural ideals.

I’m inspired by objects and situations which cause me to pause and ponder, sometimes with a twitch of unease. It’s always that particular element of uneasiness that tells me there’s something fascinating to be uncovered. My previous work has examined subjects such as authoritarianism and childhood, technology and privacy, sexualised and emotional labour, and expressions of femininity.
Education:
Glasgow School of Art (2017 – 2020) – Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking – BA(Hons)
Leith School of Art (2016 – 2017) – Foundation Art & Design – Diploma (Distinction)
University of Edinburgh (2011 – 2015) – Philosophy and English Literature – MA (Hons) – 2:1

Exhibitions:
‘Soup’, GSA P&P 3rd year exhibiton. Glue Factory, Glasgow. April 2019
‘Test Bed’, GSA P&P 2nd year exhibition, Tontine, Glasgow. April 2018
‘Body Bank’, Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. Jan 2018
GSA Visiting Professor Mu Daqi’s Workshop Exhibition. Tontine, Glasgow, December 2017
Leith School of Art Summer Exhibition. Edinburgh, June 2017
Leith School of Art Christmas Exhibition. Edinburgh, Dec 2016

Experience:
Young Women Lead Participant (2018 – 2019).
Assistant Editor (2015 – 2016) – Linen Press Books, Edinburgh.
Freelance Editor (2015 – 2016) – Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Book Festival: Writer Interviewer (August 2014) – WriterStories (writerstories.tv), Edinburgh.
PR Design (August 2011) – Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret
Dance Troupe (2010 – 2011) – Kamikaze Girls (Performance Trio), Edinburgh
Lap Dancer (2008 – 2018) – Self-employed, Edinburgh / London.

Contributions & Publications
‘Insight: Glasgow’s lap dancing clubs face stricter regulation‘ (June 2019) – The Scotsman, as told to Dani Garavelli.
‘More Old Tired Horse’ (June 2019) – Zine by current GSA students.
‘Transcend Whorephobia: Sex Work Is Work’ (March 2019) – educational poster designed for Brazillian Wax XXL: Queer Latin Disco for SWers and allies.
Creative Contributor (2014 – 2016) – SKIN.magazine (previously playwithskin.com), Glasgow.
‘What It Feels like to Be a Lap Dancer’ (November 2014) – The Herald Magazine, Edinburgh. As told to Vicky Allan.
‘Precarious labour and disposable bodies’ (2012) – Phd thesis, Dr Billie Lister.
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