The quandary is that artists are always asked to write statements about their art. While it is possible that somewhere in a book or online there is a guide and master template on how to write these statements, but from what I have seen there is no evidence that people are reading that chapter. I see lengthy statements filled with art jargon. Or I see sentences circling earnestly, but not really communicating any information. I also see what I would call generic statements that say the artist is interested in people, or nature, or the way different colors look together. I see lists of qualifications. Or I see—I'll stop now. You get the picture.
Here are some suggestions how you might write a coherent, lively artist statement.
- Start with (choose one!) a topic, theme, aesthetic style, type of medium or material that is important to you, that you enjoy working with. An intriguing first sentence from a fresh angle is good.
- Demonstrate how your work addresses the above. Cite a couple pieces specifically and describe them in one sentence each.
- Talk about your creative process: what sparks your attention, and how you work your idea through to the end. You might talk about specific inspirations (artists, writers, musicians, etc.) or one particular inspiration and the kinds of issues that interest you about it.
|She Said I Like Almost Anything|
From A Distance, 1987
See follow-up post: "Tailoring Your Artist Statement"