1. “Artists’ Walks”, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Installation view, 2014

photo credit: Wayne Eardley

2. “Stags”, wooden walking sticks, leather, iron hooks. 2009, $1250, and “Small 

Hooves”, wooden walking sticks, leather, glazed ceramic hooves, 2007-2012, $800 

Photo credit: Wayne Eardley

3. “Dorothy and William”, 2 wooden walking sticks. 2009, $1250

Photo credit: Wayne Eardley

4. “Daybook of the Wanderer”, installation view, Dilsberg, Germany 2013, Works on 

paper (graphite, collage, and other media on rag paper, archival box), 15”x11”, $350. 

each. Photo credit: Doro Burkhardt

5. “Daybook”, boxed works on paper (graphite, collage, and other media on rag 

paper, archival box), 15”x11”, $350 each.

6. “Worm Map” from “Daybook” (detail), graphite on paper, 15”x11”, 2013, $350. 

Photo credit: Burkhardt

7. “Shape of the Find” from “Daybook” (detail), collage, graphite and other media on 

rag paper, 15”x11”, 2013. Photo credit Doro Burkhardt

8. “Walk with Me”, wooden walking sticks, wood burned inscriptions, leather straps, 

42”-52” (l). 2014, $100 each.

9. “Walk with Me” (detail).

I make art that explores personal, cultural and political histories. I believe that through simple, repetitive processes such as collecting, aligning, juxtaposing, walking and whittling, new and open-ended experiences and meanings are possible. 

Since 2007, I have been creating art works based on walking. Walking is repetitive and ordinary, but can also be surprising and transformative. The places and the artifacts of walking are, in Rebecca Solnit’s words, the traces and the material results of the “acting out of imagination and desire” that constitutes walking. I think of walking sticks, for example, as prosthetic devices that extend human imagination and intent onto the topography, and that also act as sensors and conduits from the terrain up into the body and mind of the walker.

Barbara Lounder is a visual artist living in Dartmouth. She studied at Queen’s University and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), where she now teaches.

In her artwork, Lounder uses objects, words and images to make sculptural installations, performances and works on paper. She addresses themes and subjects drawn from personal experience, popular culture and political history. Lounder has presented her work in Canada, the USA, UK, Poland, New Zealand, Germany, Bulgaria and Mexico, and has been reviewed in such publications as C Magazine, Parachute and the New York Times.