Please note, as we are a professional institution, we proof and edit statements. Your statement will be subject to proofing and editing and if necessary, to condensation.
Why write an artist statement?
From the viewer’s perspective, a little bit of insight as to what your piece is about makes the difference between surface level appreciation and a profound connection with the piece. Moreover, if there’s more to your piece than its visual value, it opens the doors for discussion, which in turn creates a deep impression in the art patron’s memory. Contrary to the popular belief that it isn’t necessary for artists and artwork to be understood your statement should help art collectors, enthusiasts and average individuals understand your piece and garner a respect for your vision and technique. Remember your concept may be obvious to you, but it most often is not to the viewer and no amount of confusing obfuscation will get you an audience.
What should be in an artist’s statement?
Your statement should be used as an opportunity to explain your artistic process, technique as well as the story, perspective or philosophy of your artwork. Your statement should provide context for your visual image and help viewers see the genius of it, connect with the same feeling that you were experiencing when you created it, and understand your method (or your insanity). Please scroll down for additional topics and questions to consider.
What To Avoid In Artist’s Statement’s
Mentioning education, awards and past shows:
It is not necessary to write a mini auto-biography, unless it directly relates to your artwork. Do not write about when and where you went to school, art awards and other galleries you’ve been accepted to. These facts do not weigh heavily on the average art viewer. Rather than having them linger on your piece a little longer, or making them think about it, the art patron will move on bored and with nothing to think about. If it did not directly influence the piece, leave it out.
Try using a thesaurus to avoid repeating the same words. Not repeating words helps keep viewers interested and makes you more credible.
How long should an artist statement be?
Concise but long enough to get your points across. Remember you want to enlighten the viewer not bore them. We allow 3 paragraphs for our statements but only the first paragraph is required.
How to write an Artist Statement
We recommend you start writing your artist statement in the middle. Say what you know you want to say, then go back to the top and summarize it or create a small intro to your middle. Always proof your statements and read through out loud several times to make sure sentences have correct grammar and spelling.
Additional Topics and Questions to Consider
Talk about what idea, event, influence, lead to the epiphany that made you create your piece(s).
You may want to express if and how your artwork reflects the world or your perspective on a certain subject.
Conversely, you may want to express how the world influences your art or your perspective.
You may want to explain how deep-seated events (or just one event) have influenced your passion for art or the type of subject matter you deal with or even the style in which you draw.
You can explain why the medium you use is the best medium for you to express your vision.
What does your medium allow you to do and why do you value what you can do with that medium?
Why is it important to you to get your message across with one medium and not another?
Like in our tips post, the artist’s statement is about communication and helping your viewer understand you and your work. You can reveal as much or as little as you need to in order to get across your vision or general sensation. The point is, talk about the piece.
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