Gwenyth Chao

Creating Portals to Potential Futures
Creating Portals to Potential Futures

Gwenyth Chao (she/her) is an artist born in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She completed her BA in Studio Art at the University of Guelph (’17) and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (anticipated ‘23.) Her research praxis asks: how can art be a portal to potential futures that offer alternate ways of knowing through material engagements? How would such reworlding destabilize rationalist knowledge traditions – systems of how knowledge is constructed, valued, and transmitted? Driven by an awareness of experimental possibility, Chao’s recent projects explore how material reconstitution can be informed by an ecological awareness and how transdisciplinary processes can generate new ways of knowing.

Chao has exhibited work with the Design TO Festival (Toronto, ON), the Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC), Langley Centennial Museum (Langley, BC), and the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON). She is a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center, a contributing artist in the Leaning Out of Windows IV art and science interdisciplinary project and her current research is funded by SSHRC’s Canada Graduate Scholarship. Chao’s next solo exhibitions will be at the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (Montreal, QC) and the Open Source Gallery (Brooklyn, NY).