Exercise 5.7: Artist’s Statement

I researched a number of artist’s statements and advice given on how to write them. Many people seem to agree that it is not easy to write one “I hate artist statements. Really, I do. As an artist, they are almost always awkward and painful to write, and as a viewer they are similarly painful and uninformative to read.” Jaffe, I. et al. (2013)

Another aspect that is perhaps overlooked is summed up by Abrams (s.d.) “This may seem counter-intuitive, but an artist statement is not about you, the artist; its about your work, the art.”

From what I have read the best artist’s statements (certainly so far as galleries and those reading them are concerned) are:

Concise and to the point, maybe just a paragraph or two
Simply explains what the work is about
Uses fewer, simpler words – avoids International Art English (Rule & Levine (s.d.)
Is clearly and simply presented (avoid fancy fonts and backgrounds)

Although this may sound simple I did not find it very easy – nor was I the only one “When an artist does manage to present something honest, to the point, and well written, it is often revealed as having been written by someone else” Jaffe, I. et al. (2013)

However I persevered and my Artist’s Statement can be found here.

8 Artist Statements We Love – The Art League Blog (2015) At: https://www.theartleague.org/blog/2015/08/24/artist-statements-we-love/ (Accessed on 10 September 2018)

Abrams, L. (s.d.) ‘Don’t Quote Deleuze’: How to Write a Good Artist Statement. At: http://www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/dont-say-deleuze-how-to-write-a-good-artist-statement (Accessed on 10 September 2018)

Agora (2016) How To Write An Artist Statement: Tips From The Art Experts – Agora Gallery – Advice Blog. At: https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2016/07/23/how-to-write-artist-statement/ (Accessed on 10 September 2018)

Artist Statement Guidelines (s.d.) At: https://www.gyst-ink.com/artist-statement-guidelines/ (Accessed on 10 September 2018)

artists_statement_bio_info.pdf (s.d.) At: http://www.artspartner.org/files/all/artists_statement_bio_info.pdf

Examples of Artists Statements (s.d.) At: https://www.artbusinessinfo.com/examples-of-artists-statements.html (Accessed on 10 September 2018)

Jaffe, I. et al. (2013) The Anti-artist-statement Statement. At: https://hyperallergic.com/67670/the-anti-artist-statement-statement/ (Accessed on 10 September 2018)

pensum (s.d.) artist statements. At: https://artiststatements.wordpress.com/ (Accessed on 10 September 2018)