Egidija Ciricaite



I am an artist and a researcher, working with and around language and publishing.

As a researcher***, I am interested in how artists' books work:how they function as objects of art, culture and history*, how they evoke meaning and emotion, how their forms and structures synthesize language and images**. I am particularly fascinated by the role of metaphor in the relationship between language and the visual and thought.

As an artist, I use language as my creative medium: veering between visual poetry and poetry of the visual, I build nebulous worlds on the periphery of linguistic experience.

I am currently a PhD candidate*** at the Slade School of Fine Art and UCL Linguistics, working on interdisciplinary research, using Relevance Theory to address the role of metaphor and non-propositional effects in the interpretation of language and the visual information in the artists' books.

My work is held at V&A Museum, Museum Meermanno (Amsterdam, Holland), Centre international de poesie (Marseille, France), National Museum of Wales, Museum of Fine Art (Boston, USA), University of California (San Diego, USA), Baltimore Museum of Art, Camberwell College of Art Design, Chelsea College of Art, Center for Fine Print Research, (UWE, Bristol), Tate Special Collection, British Library's Collection of Artist's Books, Yale Center for British Art, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Munchen), Sheffield Hallam University (Adsetts Centre),University of Southampthon (Hartley Library),Saison Poetry Library, Scottish Poetry Library, University of Cambridge (Department of Philosophy), School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Preusischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstbibliothek), Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Den Haag), Maryland Institute College of Art, the Welcome Library, Brotherton Library (University of Leeds), Bibliotheque Kandinsky-Centre Pompidou (Paris),and other public and private collections.

* I am a committee member at British Library’s artists’ books initiative.
** I was co-curator at Artist's Books and Medical Humanities project (led by Dr. Stella Bolaki), University of Kent.
*** From 2018 - PhD candidate at the Slade School of Fine Art + UCL Linguistics, London
**** I was a founding member of Collective Investigations.


 Egidija is pronounced [e'gidijə]:
g' like 'g' in 'game'; 'j' like 'y' in 'yellow'.

E-mail: mail@egidija.com