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On Writing Artist Statements--MINE!

September 7, 2011

Tags: Artist Statement, writing, writer

Recently, I was asked to supply an artist statement with a teaching artist application. Being familiar with them, but not having one myself, I was flummoxed on how to begin writing one and what to include.

Since I have a bevy of wonderful artist pals, I emailed a handful of my visual artist friends who I thought would know more about writing these than me. Sure enough, I was directed by the talented Wendy Martin to look at Alyson B. Stanfield's web site: http://www.artbizcoach.com.

While I navigated through this amazingly thoughtful web site, I found a post or two about artists creating their own artist statements and tried writing my own.

Through this brief (and albeit, somewhat rushed) exploration, I learned that an artist statement is a living and breathing thing, that it changes as we change, and that I am to visit and revisit it every so often to refine it. Here's what I have so far...

My artist statement:

My Tools:
WORDS
IDEAS
THOUGHTS
FEELINGS

MY PROCESS:
I observe the world
Kick around ideas
Think BIG thoughts
(And, not so big ones)
Open my heart
DWELL IN POSSIBILITY
(Thanks, Emily Dickinson)
DELIGHT IN LITTLE THINGS
(Thank, Rudyard Kipling)
WONDER
Experience
Experiment
Question
Take risks

MY HOPE:
To weave together
the threads
of the aforementioned
to inform, to explain
to emote, to entertain
to inspire, to motivate
and to change my READERS’ lives
THE WORLD
And ME

With love
PJM

PS Let me know what you think!

PSS Thanks again, Wendy! (@WendyMartinArt on Twitter)

PJM 2011

Comments

  1. September 8, 2011 9:03 AM EDT
    You're very welcome.
    - Wendy