Biography

Barbara Todd is an interdisciplinary artist best known for her innovative, quilted textile works. She marries a minimalist aesthetic to a poetic and politicized sensibility. Her work is represented in museum and private collections, and in public commissions in Canada and the U.S.

Born in Galt, Ontario, Todd studied fine art and art history at the University of Guelph. She received her BA in 1975. In 1981, she moved to Banff, Alberta, where she lived and worked at the Banff Centre for the Arts for the next decade.

Todd's early exhibitions included several photographic installations, and a series of drawings and cut-out silhouettes. These playful explorations of cultural identity used images of men and women's clothing as subject.

Her "Security Blanket" and "Coffin Quilt" series, begun in Banff, have been exhibited widely. Most notably, Barbara Todd : Security Blankets, organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in 1992, toured Canada for three years. In 1993 Todd moved to Montreal where she began a series of dramatic, black-on-blue quilts based on dreams, poetry and children's drawings. This work culminated in the installation A Bed is a Boat shown at Galerie Oboro, Montreal (1996), the Library and Gallery, Cambridge (ON)(1997) and the Museum for Textiles, Toronto (1998).

In recent years, Todd has explored drawing and sculpture in metal and glass to evoke elusive psychological and spiritual states. Recent installations include Heaven and Earth, at the Visual Arts Centre, (2000), du ciel at ArtMûr (2002) and "Bloom" in the exhibition Celan at Galerie Dazibao (2004), (all in Montreal).

Todd presently divides her time between Troy, New York, and Montreal, Canada, where she teaches at Concordia University.

Since 2000 she has been collecting stones.