About Slow Muse
I began Slow Muse in 2006 to explore the many aspects of creativity that impact the life of a visual artist. I address topics that are of personal interest to me in a variety of areas—painting and the visual arts, contemporary culture, poetry, theater, intuition, contemplation, the micro/macro continuum and nondualism, inter alia.
Two quotes have been fundamental to my approach and continue to steer me towards what is authentic, deeply imagined and memorable.
What we need more of is slow art: art that holds time as a vase holds water: art that grows out of modes of perception and making whose skill and doggedness make you think and feel; art that isn’t merely sensational, that doesn’t get its message across in ten seconds, that isn’t falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep-running in our natures. In a word, art that is the very opposite of mass media.
What’s missing is art that seems made by one person out of intense personal necessity, often by hand.
About Deborah Barlow
Deborah Barlow is a painter whose nonrepresentational images are evocative of states of matter, from microscopic forms and terrestrial landscapes to the hyperspectral imaging of space. Through an unexpected combination of pigments, metallic powders and a variety of substrates, her paintings mirror the complexity of a multi-layered and visually rich world. They serve as “map-visions” of other places, processes and phenomena.
From a review in Art News:
“One risks confounding the senses even before peeling back the first layer of brusque sensuality that clings to the surface of her paintings…a soulful, sympathetic sensibility that is rare to find in such an obsessive technician.”
Barlow has exhibited her work in commercial galleries, universities and museums in the United States, Canada and Europe. Most recently she was featured in major exhibitions at the Woodbury Museum, the Morris Graves Museum of Art and in collaboration at Phillips Exeter Academy with word and sound artists. Her works are in museum, corporate and private collections.
For more information about her work, her website is Deborah Barlow.