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WORK IN PROGRESS

When faced with a blank canvas in her Lowry studio, painter Alyson Khan knows exactly how to begin: She writes.

Khan scrawls a phrase, quote, or question to set her “It becomes my first draft,” she says. “I just start building from there.” Khan covers the foundational words with layers of paint from an ever-changing palette that often includes earthy ochres, opulent turquoises, moody blacks, and feisty pinks to create dramatic, geometric shapes. The result, what she calls “a resolution,” is a conceptual representation of her emotional journey.

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