Sunday, June 6, 2010

How to write an artist's statement?

In an artist's statement you describe yourself, without explaining in detail all the things that you do. An artist's statement is a short text in which you present yourself to someone who doesn't know you (yet). An artist's statement should be short, clear and to the point. It should be easy to understand for anyone, even for those who don't know anything about art.

An artist's statement is always written in the first person. That means that it sounds as if you yourself are telling about yourself. You can still ask someone else to write the statement for you, but it should be written in your own words, in your own way of speaking and in the first person: 'I like to do art' not 'he or she likes to'.

It might feel strange at first to write a text about yourself in which you use 'I' and 'me' and 'my' all the time. The best way to start, is to imagine yourself explaining your work to someone who is standing next to you. What would you tell to someone who you don't know yet very well and who is interested in your work? How would you describe your artistic work to this person?

Try to write down a few sentences what you would tell to explain your work. For example start with 'My work is inspired by...', 'In my work I try to...'.

Just write down anything that comes to mind and then leave it again for some days.

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