Artist Statement...writers workshop
teaching point #1: artist statements often include influences and inspirations
teaching point #2: artist statements often review or share the process the artist went through to find/discover this work
teaching point #3: artists statements often identify a central idea in the work
teaching point #4: artists statements often invite the viewer to experience the work or explore additional associations, they often share a few of the things they hope the viewer might experience ... “i hope that with this work the viewer might also_____”
teaching point 5#: artists statements often link visual choices to conceptual implications (in other words artist statements often explain WHERE/HOW the work is exploring this ‘central idea’)
teaching point #6: writers of artist statements often have to edit the narrative down to a paragraph or two and give it a readable form. (use previous 5 points as a check list for info to include!)
teaching point #7: artists have to check to see if there statements actually relate to the work! (sometimes a writing might be GREAT but not really have to do with the work as it’s been too removed through the process of writing!...this is an important ‘check’!)
plan #1: Create a big list of inspirations and influences (people, places, materials, and subjects, events, books, etc. etc.) Condense this list to 2 or 3 good sentences.
plan #2: Write a start to finish ‘memory’ of the path of decision making that led you to the work in your concentration.Try to really remember the starts and stops, challenges, edits, and order in which your work took form. How did you get from ‘nothing’ to ‘something’. Think of this as an autobiography of the work. This should be one to two paragraphs long.
plan #3: make a list of several themes that show up in the work; edit list of themes down to 2 or 3 central ideas...write at least 2 sentences that identify central ideas in your concentration work
plan #4: write about what you hope the viewer will experience when viewing your work
plan #5: write down all of the formal qualities you can identify in your work, write down the conceptual qualities you can identify in your work...explain how at least 2 contribute/relate to one another
plan #6: identify bits in your work that you find essential, bits you could leave out. Combine into a single artist statement. Use the previous 5 writings/teaching points as a check list for elements to include in your statement (i.e. influences, process, themes, hopes for the viewer, examples of how formal and conceptual link)
plan #7: read through your writing while looking at your work...is there still a relationship??