I think it's safe to say that one of the hardest things about being an artist is writing about your work. It's awkward, uncomfortable, feels narcissistic, and often our styles change so much that the statement that was once true no longer applies to your newest work. Unfortunately there's really no way around it, we have to write about our work so people can better understand where we're coming from, and why we create what we create.
But I've got some good news! After reading a bunch of different takes on the best way to write an artist statement, I found one that ACTUALLY WORKS. It works so well that I was able to write my statement in less than 48 hours. Thanks to Sara Jones and Andrea Wenglowsky, artists and advisors from Kind Aesthetic who guest blogged on the site ArtsyShark, here's all you need to know to write your best statement! (If you're curious about how mine turned out, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom!)
STEP 1: Set 1 Hour Timer and Answer the Following Questions:
STEP 2: Create First Draft
Write until you feel you've said all that can be said about your work. (For this step I typed up most of what I had written to answer the above questions. It helped to see it all in one space, rather than spread across several pages. Then I was able to add and subtract what I felt was necessary).
STEP 3: Refine Refine Refine
Jones & Wenglowsky advise making your statement just 1-3 paragraphs, written in first person, and be sure to not tell your audience what to think when viewing your work (that last part was hard for me!). Keep refining until the statement can only apply to YOUR work. Now you're done!
*Optional - write a 30-50 word trimmed down version of your statement to use for applications/interviews, etc.
*My Advice: Ask someone else to read your statement. Most likely you've been staring at it for hours and if you're not going to notice a spelling error now, you probably never will. Fresh eyes will save you! Shout out to my husband & The Rising Tide Society for reading & helping out with mine :) So without further ado, here it is:
"Intricacy. Obsession. Intimacy. Control. Therapy.
Painting is Fitzgerald's way of confronting her fears and creating a safe environment for her anxious mind. Her work is ruled by emotion, created in a very physical way; throwing paint, scraping at it with her fingers and nails, being as much a part of the process as possible. Exploring themes of feminist theory and escapism, Fitzgerald goes back into her work and adds a powerful female form, which she refers to as the "braver version of myself" confronting her darkest fears. "
Thank you SO much to Jones & Wenglowsky. You made my job so much easier,
and I hope this post helps out my creative readers! :)
To view their full post, click HERE!
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