Linda Carreiro is a visual artist, researcher, and writer. Her work explores the inextricable relationship of language to the body, revealing tactile qualities of printed text as a reminder of its derivation from the root word texere, meaning tissue or texture. Drawing upon a long-standing interest in the representation of the anatomized body, and informed by movement studies, reading theory and post-structuralism, text is exposed as sensuous and somatic through its formation and reception. The artist uses physicalized applications on a variety of fissured surfaces to convey the shifting, malleable, and performative aspects of language.
Linda Carreiro’s textual manipulations and interactions with language have resulted in exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, including solo exhibitions at the Center for Book Arts (NYC); Harcourt House (Edmonton); Mallin Gallery (Kansas City); Cuesta College Gallery (San Luis Obispo); Limerick Printmakers Gallery (Ireland); Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary); SNAP Gallery (Edmonton); Gallery 101 (Ottawa); Gallery 1C03 (Winnipeg); and TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary). International group exhibitions include (S)Edition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids); What is Textiles? at Kalopsia Gallery (Edinburgh); Beneath the Covers at Foundry Arts Centre (Missouri); In Other Words at Fringe Arts (Bath); Textuality at Manifest (Cincinnati); Text & Context (Cambridge); Once Removed at Modern Fuel (Kingston); Bradley National Print & Drawing (Peoria); Against Tradition: Trends in Contemporary Printmaking (Terre Haute); and Quintessence, Nanaimo Art Gallery (BC). Her writing has been published in journals and book chapters on performance, the anatomized body, and artist’s practice.
Carreiro received a BFA (Honours) at the University of Manitoba, an MFA at the University of Alberta, and a PhD at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Project assistance in support of her work has been generously provided from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the University of Calgary (Centre for Research in the Fine Arts, University Research Grants Council, the LeFebvre Creativity Fund and the Elsie Mary Bell Endowment for the Arts), and OCAD University.