How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement
Probably not and neither should the artist when composing and writing their artist statement.
Here are some tips and ideas for all artists to think about when composing a new statement or revising their current artist statement.
Basically, an artist statement is an introduction of their art, without the artist being there.
The Statement Should Tell Why – The artist should explain why they create this kind of art. This could be in the form of an explanation of the artist’s motivation, subject matter or maybe someone who inspired the artist to express their art. Overall, the artist is telling the reader the personal reasons why they create their art.
The artist should not get technical or provide a step by step guide on how to create their art. 4. What it Means to the Artist – Overall, this a personal statement of the meaning of the art for the artist. This may be the most difficult thing for the artist to write about as it will reveal something personal about the artist. 5. Keep it Short – Remember that people’s attention spans are quite short and that if the artist statement is too long, too complicated or poorly written people will just not read it! Avoid big, flowery and complicated words. Here are some other things to consider and incorporate into an artist statement::
• Avoid using I and me throughout the statement.
• If you have multiple bodies or work, materials or techniques, have multiple artist statements for each.
Do not get that mixed in with the artist statement.
• If the artist is unsure about the end result of the statement, then the artist should have other people read it, comment on it or find someone that will help the artist.
The artist should then put the statement away. Finally, if the artist is happy with the statement, then it is good to go. If however, the artist is still not completely happy with the statement, put it away again and reread in order to fine tune and communicate the artist statement clearly.
Remember, the artist statement is speaking to the viewer in the artist’s absence. Therefore, the artist statement should be short, concise and well written in a conversational language.