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Writing your artist’s statement

December 5, 2016

Your Artist’s Statement:

The purpose of this exercise is to learn how to write a statement that focuses your thought process in regards to your intentions and the outcomes in your artwork. This statement should be direct. It should not explain that which we can obviously see for ourselves. It should help the viewer gain insight into your work by guiding us into it and through it. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Your name should be at the top left corner. Beneath it, write Artist’s Statement
  • Open up with discussing the problem that you are addressing, i.e., you are creating a planar and linear composition that incorporates the principles of design x,y,z, etc. Elaborate on this.
  • How do these materials work for you in this search? Why use these in particular? (Don’t go into step by step processes or lengthy histrionics about how difficult something was to do!)
  • What are some of the thoughts (realizations?) you’ve had as you combined skills and ideas?
  • Pinpoint artist(s) whose work has influenced you and explain why/how. This seats your work in the field of art and aligns your processes with the visual language of other practicing artists.

Type your statement and present it beside your finished piece at the class final.


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