MS. K (1)

By: Heather Kasunick
November 7, 2019

HILOBROW friend Heather Kasunick, a public high school art teacher affectionately known to her students as “Ms. K,” took part in the 2019 Inktober drawing challenge. We are pleased to present a ten-part series featuring excerpts from what she produced.


When I decided at the eleventh hour (the day before it started) to do this year’s Inktober challenge along with a group of my high school students, I wanted to approach it with a sense of play and exploration. I thought of ways that I might bridge each one-word prompt with another source of text to deepen my interest and connection with the month-long project. For “ring,” the first prompt, I immediately thought of “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. And that was it! — the criteria for my own spin on the challenge became connecting bits of lyrics from some of my favorite musicians (though not necessarily my favorite songs by them).

For each 3″ x 4″ drawing, I used the daily Inktober prompt to search for lyrics that included the word. From there, I would find a song by a musician or band that I love. Oftentimes, while searching lyrics on my phone, I would make a delighted gasp when I made a connection between the prompt and the song. Shabazz Palaces, Stereolab, Julie London, Elvis Costello….! And then that often conjured memories of the song or musician — how I was introduced to them, a concert I saw, the evolution and expansion of the music I enjoy. They are each tiny tributes to my intertwined love for visual art, words, music. — Heather Kasunick



October 1: “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

Listen to Heather’s playlist via Spotify.


CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: UNBORED CANON by Josh Glenn | CARPE PHALLUM by Patrick Cates | MS. K by Heather Kasunick | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | #FX by Michael Lewy | PINNED PANELS by Zack Smith | TANK UP by Tony Leone | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | TAKING LIBERTIES by Douglas Wolk | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | MARVEL vs. MUSEUM by Douglas Wolk | NEVER BEGIN TO SING by Damon Krukowski | WTC WTF by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (AGAIN) | ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators


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