Visual artist, poet, and art historian

A graduate of Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto (MA, History of Art), Carol Barbour has exhibited at galleries, books fairs, and libraries in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has produced artist books, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and multiples. Recently she published a new artist book titled Alter Pieces. 

Poems, fiction, and essays are published by the Poetry Super Highway, Nine Muses Poetry, Fiddlehead, Canthius, Sein und Werden, The Toronto Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, Transverse, Resources for Feminist Research, Impulse, Matriart, among others. Books are collected by the National Gallery of Canada (Art Metropole), the British Library, Museum of Modern Art (Franklin Furnace Archive-Dadabase), Artexte, the Woman’s Art Library, Goldsmiths at University of London, Virginia Commonwealth University and others.

Ongoing research involves the intersection of words and images in books and art with a particular focus on the iconography of emblem books in early modern Europe, ca. 1500-1700.  She has delivered conference papers at the Renaissance Society of America, Biblyon (Lyons, France), the Society of Emblem Studies (Nancy, France), International Medieval Congress, and the Sixteenth Century Society. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Emblematic Transmission: Tracking the Migration of Metaphor.

Recent Solo Exhibition Do I Know You? Alter Pieces, Paintings, and Heads.

New Artist Book Alter Pieces

Recently Carol gave an artist talk at Fanzineist,Vienna where she discussed her process of creating books and multiples in the context of earlier publications and future projects. In addition to launching Alter Pieces, she also displayed copies of her poetry collection Infrangible, and two multiples: Emblema Femina and Birth of the Child. 


Carol Barbour: Toronto, 2019. Digital printing. 60 pages. Perfect Bound. 6 x 9″

Infrangible (2)


New book of poetry launched 2018.

“Infrangible” is available for purchase at Guernica Editions

Reading at Supermarket, Toronto

Review in Prairie Fire


Recent poems published online:

“Manitoulin Sediment” at Poetry Super Highway, ed Rick Lupert, online, 2018. Read

“Matera, Basilicata; Neurology; Spoke” poems at Nine Muses Poetry, ed. Annest Gwilym, online, 2018. Read

“Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo’s Self Portrait,” poem in Ekphrastic Review, ed. Lorette C. Luzajic, Toronto, online journal, 2016. Read