Linda Carreiro is a part-time PhD student based in Canada. Linda provides an insight into what it means to be a distance doctoral student and how she continues to contribute to the School's vibrant research environment.
My research questions are formulated around my long-term interests in language and its inextricable relationship to the body. I have been a practising artist for 30 years, moving from political figuration to representations of the body's interior emerging from an intensive study of anatomy. Over the past twelve years, my anatomical study and an engagement with text began to directly intersect. The word text, from
texere, means texture or tissue, as Roland Barthes reminds us, and I make associations between textuality and a somatic engagement with words. As research on my thesis has progressed over the past four years, I have sharpened my focus specifically on the body as an active agent in both making and viewing word-based artworks. Setting up physical interventions in texts, I demonstrate how they can be opened to new ways of reading beyond semiotic conventions. Working against type also talks about the 'work' or effort behind making gestural typography—printed individually by hand—as well as how my research counters certain assumptions about artworks using typography.
As a part-time, distance doctoral student, I travel to Wales from Canada twice a year, taking leave from my position as an Associate Professor at a university. When I started my studies at Cardiff School of Art & Design, I was invited to use the printmaking studio during my visits, sometimes spending several weeks a year engrossed in the environment. I have been able to work closely with many undergraduate students in the printmaking area as a result, providing talks for their classes, offering individual tutorials and feedback. Making lithographs, one-off typographs and unconventional prints, it has almost been like a visiting artist-in-residency, working and interacting with others in the space. Taking advantage of the offset lithography press in 2013, I was able to create a series of four works where I actually printed the process of 'erasing' a book page. The work was subsequently exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City as part of a solo show last year. Other works arising from my research have been exhibited in galleries Canada, the United States and Europe, where I've observed people actively interacting with the text, to 'test' and support my queries.
Coming to Wales, I'm also able to present my work in graduate seminars and in Research presentations. This has not only enabled dynamic conversations with students, but salient questions and thoughtful comments offered by them has given me deeper understandings and considerations of my work. As a mature student returning to advanced study, its been important to conduct the work away from my usual environment, forcing me to look at things in uncertain places and unfamiliar ways.