Visual artist, poet, and art historian


A graduate of Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto, 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 more recently a multiple titled, “Birth of the Child.”

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

She is currently working on a series of “alter pieces”, writing, and researching the art of early modern emblem books. Ongoing research involves the intersection of words and images in books and art with a particular focus on the iconography of the Tabula Cebetis in early modern Europe, ca. 1500-1800.  She has delivered conference papers at the Renaissance Society of America (Chicago), Bibylon (Lyon, France), and the International Society of Emblem Studies (Nancy, France).  In 2018, she will present a paper at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo on the topic of Georgette de Montenay’s emblem book.

A new book of poetry titled, “Infrangible” is forthcoming from Guernica Editions.

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