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Lisa Klow
Bloomington, IN
Scribbly Journaling Artist
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HAIR Yes, HAIR. I want to talk about my Hair. The cause of so much angst and panic and self-hatred. After wondering and writing about how we learn to hate ourselves, I realized my Hair was one of the things... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Lisa Klow
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This was posted on my Instagram @klowlisa Last Fall I did some posting about my Grad School Figures. And I realized the reason I like to work big is to be seen (when I wrote about the Figure in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Lisa Klow
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I have had another bad Winter. And it hasn't even snowed that much. I felt like I just wanted to hang out scrolling on my phone, doing nothing. I wanted to hibernate. Or sleep all day like Symon. He's not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Lisa Klow
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Messy can be a good thing. I am trying to convince myself of this. For a very long time I have tried to loosen up in my approach to my artwork, to let go of rigid beliefs and the tightness... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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I have been thinking a lot about how I always return to my desire to work BIG. I taped up several pieces of newsprint to quickly sketch a Big Figure, just as an illustration for this writing. Although it took... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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Every year around this time (because it's time to pay for another year of Typepad) I wonder if I want to keep blogging this way. Honestly, not many people are reading my blog. A few Twitter friends consistently read what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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Fall of 1994 I painted the portfolio of work that got me accepted to grad school. My figures were reacting to a less-chaotic background. I have none of these paintings left. Last year I sent off the slides to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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The first time I applied to grad schools, I didn’t get into any. I called a few to ask how many applied vs. how many got in: several hundred vs. less than 20. A woman at the Maryland Institute College... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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1993 I went back to Vancouver. I wish I would have made some drgs. (Drawings.) Me with all of my sisters, 1993. They took me to the Chocolate Buffet. My brother in law took us on a trip around the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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In 1991 my mother was diagnosed with cancer. My parents were planning a huge cross-country camping trip. They traveled a lot, including camping trips with their square dancing or bridge-playing friends. But Dad wanted to take a really big trip... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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Graduation June 1989. After job hunting over the summer (I was still working part-time at GSU) and finding a full-time job in the College of Business, I pondered what to do next. I decided I needed to go back to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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What happened? I got another Shit Office Job. Call me crazy, I like having benefits and health insurance and being able to pay rent. And I returned to my Comfort Zone. I found myself thinking: What was it all for?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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I lost the Magic. This past June, @austinkleon shared an article written by George Saunders where he talks about his grad writing program and how he lost the Magic his writing had when he applied. Just Google “Austin Kleon don’t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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Like my 20s, post-grad, now I am tired, exhausted, spent. The putting-away was as tiring as my BFA program. Menopause is as exhausting as my 20s heavy periods. If I could go back now, what would I have done? I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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Back in Undergrad when I was trying to make art out of my overwhelming negative feelings, I drew an image of myself chained by a wall. Professor L. rolled her eyes and said, “Come on, ball and chain?” It was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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The Figures were the work, but I tried to put them into a “context” full of images, shapes and colors, and it was all crap. I surrounded my Figures with crap. I got lost in all that crap. The Figures... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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I came up with my final BFA Portfolio work near the very end of my undergrad program, Spring Quarter of 1989. One evening I sat on my bedroom floor and stapled 6”x6” squares of raw canvas to a little board... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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It took me a really long time to develop my artistic skills. I went to a state university for undergrad and its art school wasn’t the greatest. I desperately wanted to be able to draw well, but this eluded me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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In writing about Atlanta, I have been thinking about what I was like in my 20s. I realize I had a lot kicking around inside my head, leftovers from Childhood. Wishes. Dreams. (I tore apart this Journal, by the way.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Lisa Klow
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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This is my 20th Birthday, 1984. When I moved away from home, after living under the control of my parents, I could finally do whatever I wanted. Which mostly meant eating whatever I wanted. It didn’t catch up with me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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No filter! Old pic from 1983, complete with streaky red line down the center. In 1983 at age 19 I moved away from home to Atlanta, GA with my best friend. After Steve and I Crashed our lives in Evanston... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Lisa Klow
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No filter. That’s the real thing. 1974. I remember somewhere in The Journaling Project I wrote down: I was a Fat Girl before I was fat. What I meant is that I already had warped attitudes about Body and Food,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Lisa Klow