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.

–Robert Hughes


What’s missing is art that seems made by one person out of intense personal necessity, often by hand.

–Roberta Smith


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.



8 Replies to “About”

  1. angi abercrombie says: Reply

    I have an 1989 untitled hand colored lithograph of Kenji nanao its huge a 32×32 framed any thoughts on the value of this? Thanks
    please send me feed back at angi.abercrombie@verizon.net

  2. I’m interest in purchasing one of your pictures
    Final size 24x 36, do you happen to have a high res digital file and what would you charge?

    Thank you

  3. Its wonderful to read your writings… Makes me miss you and Bryce. Sending you so much love.


  4. Dear Ms. Barlow (Deborah), Came to your site while trying to track down the source of the Winnicott saying. Still trying! But glad to have found your site. Love to have you write a piece for one of Zeteo’s two series: Zeteo is Reading and Zeteo is Looking and Listening. See zeteojournal DOT com. And, to dialogue about all this: zeteojournal AT gmail. Merry Christmas! – William Eaton

  5. Enoch Doyle Jeter says: Reply


  6. Hi Deborah,
    I love your new design, but I really miss the archive menu – I would sometimes open a month at random and be delighted, provoked, inspired, grateful. Is there a possibility of including an archive menu or link again?

  7. Are you looking for submissions to Slow Muse or is this your personal blog site that reviews work?
    Thank you
    Nanc Hart

  8. Hi Deborah, I’ve just stumbled upon your article ‘A Generosity of Spirit’. Firstly, thank you. Your honest response to the last few months and your understanding of the ASP movement was a joy to read. It’s a shift in perspective for many that, I hope, will remain.
    Matthew Burrows

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