About Slow Muse
Started in 2006, Slow Muse explores the many faces of creativity particularly those that impact the life of a visual artist. Postings address painting, contemporary art, creativity, aesthetics, books, poetry, theater, meditation, the micro/macro continuum and the contemplative life.
Two quotes have been been a steadying influence and continue to help steer a course 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. A lot but not all of this kind of work is painting.
Deborah Barlow is a painter living in the Boston area who has been working and exhibiting for over 30 years. Her paintings employ abstraction as a way to explore what isn’t obvious to the eye or the mind. She seeks to engage with the physical world, from the tiniest microbe to the expanses of space. A recent Art News review stated that “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.”
Raised in the Western United States, Barlow moved to Manhattan after graduating from University of California at Santa Cruz and has lived in New York City and Boston ever since. She has had more than 50 solo exhibits in commercial galleries and other venues throughout the U. S. as well as in Canada, Belgium, Italy, U.K. and Ireland. Recent major museum shows include the Woodbury Museum in Utah and the Morris Graves Museum in California.