An artist statement is a bridge to your art, revealing its context and messages. Dive deep into your soul and authentically answer: Why do you create art, and what messages do you wish to convey? Keep it concise and captivating: a few sentences or paragraphs that seize the reader's attention.
Here are tips for young emerging artists on crafting their artist statement:
1. Explain your artistic philosophy, i.e. core themes/ideas that inspire your work, what drives your creativity, and what message/s you aim to convey through your art.
2. Describe your creative process, i.e. how do you conceive, develop, and execute your art. Mention the materials and techniques you use and any unique methods that define your work.
3. Connect with your viewer on an emotional or intellectual level by discussing your goals and aspirations. What do you hope to achieve with your art, both personally and in a broader context? Articulate your intentions, answer 'Why?'
Revise and edit it multiple times. Eliminate unnecessary jargon or complex language, and ensure clarity and coherence. Seek feedback of your trusted peers, mentors, or art professionals.
Remember, your artist statement is a dynamic document that may evolve as your art and career progress. Don't be afraid to revisit and update it periodically to reflect your growth and changing artistic perspective
This is one example, the artist statement of Alla Tkachuk, the Founder of MASK Create:
I began my artistic journey by exploring the concept of human identity through traditional portraiture and figurative work. Inspired by art and science conversion, I experimented with the revolutionary possibilities that 3D digital technology offered for the creation and perception of representational art. Over the past decade, my artistic mission has evolved to create work that transcends mere expression of human identity; instead, it actively engages with it, empowering individuals, particularly young people, to unlock their full potential.
More examples of artist statements:
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