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First Name

Chaoying Betty

Last Name

Rao

Username

chaoyingrao

Website

http://www.chaoyingrao.com

Region

Greater Glasgow

Disciplines

Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Film, Moving Image, Installation, Performance

Themes

Figurative, Site-specific, Political, Portraits, Identity, Narratives

Statement

Statement

Betty is a multi-disciplinary artist and former sex worker whose experiences heavily influence her practice. Her interests are often fringe as she believes what causes us discomfort speaks volumes about our culture and shared values. Her work often asks challenging questions that prompt us to re-evaluate our intuitive reflexes, with the aim of reaching a nuanced and more compassionate understanding of each other and the world we live in.

 

Betty graduated from her BA(Hons) in 2020 from the Glasgow School of Art, in Painting and Printmaking. She also holds a MA(Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Biography

Biography

Education

  • Glasgow School of Art (2017 – 2020) – Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking – BA(Hons) – 2:1 visit the graduate showcase here.
  • Leith School of Art (2016 – 2017) – Foundation Art & Design – Diploma (Distinction)
  • University of Edinburgh (2011 – 2015) – Philosophy and English Literature – MA (Hons) – 2:1

Experience

  • Guest Performer (March 2021) – Cyber Clown Girls: Community & Care. Press release here. Follow CCG here.
  • Glasgow Open House Art Festival (2021) – Co-coordinator of the graduate section. Member of the advisory committee. See website here.
  • Human Rights Campaigner (2020 – present) – SCOT-PEP.
  • Life Model (October 2020 – present) – Model updates via Instagram.
  • Dirty Slut Mouth (October 2020- present) – Co-curator. See more here and here.
  • SPUR virtual residency (August 2020 – present) – Community member. More here.
  • Ode to Selfie (May 2020 – present) – Founder, read about it here.
  • Code in Place (April – May 2020) – A Covid-19 introduction to Python course by Stanford University.
  • Bird & Small Mammal Taxidermist Training (May 2019) – George Jamieson, Scottish Taxidermist. Edinburgh.
  • Young Women Lead Participant (2018 – 2019) – A leadership programme with YWCA Scotland (The Young Women’s Movement) and the Scottish Parliament. Read the final report here.
  • Gallery Assistant (May 2018) – Frutta Gallery, Duke Street, Glasgow.
  • Assistant Editor (2015 – 2016) – Linen Press Books, Edinburgh.
  • Freelance Editor (2015 – 2016) – Edinburgh.
  • Edinburgh Book Festival: Writer Interviewer (August 2014) – WriterStories.tv, Edinburgh.
  • PR Design (August 2011) – Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret (Edinburgh International Festival). Edinburgh
  • Dance Troupe (2010 – 2011) – Kamikaze Girls (Performance Trio), TortureGarden, T in the Park. Edinburgh.
  • Bar/waiting staff (2012 – 2015) – VariousEdinburgh.
  • Brand Ambassador (2012 – 2015) – ID Staffing, Edinburgh.
  • Lap Dancer (2008 – 2018) – Self-employed, Edinburgh / London.

Contributions & Publications

  • Sex Work and the Nordic Model w/ Freja & Elizabeth (March 2021) – The Importance of Being Feminist, by YWCA Scotland with Iris Pase. Listen on Anchor.
  • Instagram’s Cruel & Unusual Guidelines: How They Blacklist Marginalized Bodies (December 2020) – The Revival Zine at Sonoma State, Sonoma State University. By Katherine Breeher. Read it here.
  • Feminism & Sex Work Series (December 2020) – The Young Women’s Movement. Read it here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
  • Sushi d*ck pics, destigmatising sex work, slut shaming ft Elizabeth aka Femme Castratrice (October 2020) – But Where Are You From podcast by Viv Yau. Available to listen on Apple and Spotify.
  • Ode to Selfie (October 2020) – Limited edition artist book that evolved from my lockdown project, which is currently on haitus. Follow the journey here. Copies available to view / purchase at the Glasgow Women’s LibraryGood Press, and the Glasgow Zine Library.
  • GSA Graduate Showcase (June 2020) – Glasgow School of Art. See here.
  • Degree Show Simulator (May 2020) – Virtual GSA degree show simulator game. Download here.
  • Tasha’s Lifestyle Talk (April 2020) – Tasha’s Lifestyle Talk, Coverdoll. Read it here.
  • Love, Dolls and Robots II (March 2020) – Tasha’s Lifestyle Talk, Coverdoll. Read it here.
  • Love, Dolls and Robots I (February 2020) – Tasha’s Lifestyle Talk, Coverdoll. Read it here.
  • Insight: Glasgow’s lap dancing clubs face stricter regulation‘ (June 2019) – The Scotsman, Scotland. As told to Dani Garavelli. Available online here.
  • More Old Tired Horse’ (June 2019) – Featured writer
  • ‘Transcend Whorephobia: Sex Work Is Work’ (March 2019) – poster design for Brazillian Wax XXL: Queer Latin Disco. Organised by the Fuck You Pay Me show.
  • Creative Contributor (2014 – 2016) – SKIN.magazine (previously playwithskin.com), Glasgow. An alternative culture magazine focusing on art, photography, literature and music. Publications on social deviance and male sex work.
  • What It Feels like to Be a Lap Dancer (November 2014) – The Herald Magazine, Edinburgh.
  • Precarious Labour and Disposable Bodies (2012) – Phd thesis, Dr Billie Lister. Edinburgh. Read it here.
  • Lap Dancers in Edinburgh (2012) – Photographic exhibition at Summerhall by my talented friend Jannica Honey. See a selection here.