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Rachel Smith - The Open College of the Arts
To find out more details about the transfer to The Open University see A New Chapter for OCA.

Rachel Smith

I am one of the Programme Tutors for Creative Arts and also work in the Photography dept. I have been working in arts education in a variety of settings since 1995. I have always enjoyed supporting students, being involved in their creative journeys, and exploring the opportunities offered through experimenting with multi and interdisciplinary approaches.

I am an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Sheffield. My hybrid work spans Drawing, Photography, Writing, and the production of Artists Books. My work explores the relation between image and text. An interest in visualising embodied experiences of reading, writing, and speaking drives my work and I am curious about how processes of constructing sense might be sought, rejected, and re-fused. My method of read(writ)ing was developed as part of my Ph.D research which was completed in May 2020 at Sheffield Hallam University. I continue to expand this approach by visualising lesser elements of reading and writing processes through making; observing the act of meandering and stumbling through existing texts. The work frequently takes delight in the generative properties of error, whether through association, distraction, or misremembering.

Recent artist books include Breath:e St(utter)ance [Timglaset], Promise the Infinite [Penteract Press] Read(writ)ing Words [Penteract Press]. I also have work included as part of AMBruno artist book projects, several Penteract Press anthologies, MA Bibliotheque collaborative projects, and online journals such as Babel Tower Noticeboard, Osmosis Press featured Writing. I worked collaboratively as part of the Roland Barthes reading group and typeset the groups multi-voiced writing The Work as Will, of which was published by Inscription Journal and online in the Barthes Studies Journal vol. 7. I am a co-editor of the Intergraphia books projects.