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Experimental Animation

Maitry Rao

Maitry Rao, born in India and based in London, is a digital artist mainly working in 3D and VR animation. She comes from a fine art background and allows her traditional art styles to seep into her digital creations. Her work at the Royal College of Art explores autobiographical and self-interrogative themes. She started writing monologue style poems and weaving together surreal moving images by making an interactive walking simulator and a self-reflexive film. 

Prior to graduating from the Royal College of Art, she pursued a BA from Middlesex University London where she got an opportunity to showcase her VR Experience Portrait (2019) at EGX Rezzed Gaming Expo in London.

She represented India twice at the 4th(2010) and 16th(2015) International  Biennial of Juvenile Art in Portugal where she was awarded a Diploma of Merit Gold on both occasions. She has also won 2nd Prize at The National Level Energy Conservation Painting Competition(2008) by the Government of India.

Words occur to me at the most unexpected times, but I don't intervene with it. I document this gush of inner monologue sentences on my phone with autocorrect turned off, write continuously until I'm drained of it entirely and then refine these words, flooded with intangible feelings of bliss and turmoil. Ironically these two poems yearn for two feelings that are poles apart: Laugh & Breathe (2020) yearns for a moment of calm and Anywhere But Here (2021) yearns for a deep longing for hectic travelling.

In my first year, I created a Walking simulator Laugh & Breathe (2020). This is based on a monologue style poem where the player gets to create their own version of my poem. The purpose of this game is to provoke the player to indulge in the act of purposeless wandering, be it in the virtual or the real world.

My Graduation film Anywhere But Here (2021) is about wanting to go places and see new faces, but being prevented from doing so by the pandemic. It shows a reasonable desire to escape the loop of being confined in the same space over a duration of unreasonable amount of time. I unravel a bittersweet resolution in my self-reflexive filmmaking process as I dive in and out of my dreamscape.

Anywhere but here (2021) trailer

"I want to be anywhere but here and in anytime but now."


Laugh & Breathe(2020) gameplay

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"It's moments like these that make me want to live."


Walking Simulator

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