See a few examples of strong artist statements below, and below that, a discussion of what makes them good.
Don't copy them, but use them as inspiration to sculpt your own statement using ideas and words. Dough - Artist Statement My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues.
In my work, I deconstruct the American dream, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and lullabies that are part of our childhood and adult culture.
Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music and modernist architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces. Often times these themes are combined into installations that feature mundane domestic objects painted blue, juxtaposed with whimsical objects, and often embellished with stenciled text.
The color blue establishes a dream-like surreal quality, suggests notions of calmness and safety, and formally unifies the disparate objects in each installation. The texts provide clues to content and interpretation. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent.
Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter.
The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work.
Millie Wilson - Artist Statement I think of my installations as unfinished inventories of fragments: They are improvisational sites in which the constructed and the ready-made are used to question our making of the world through language and knowledge.
My arrangements are schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation. I rely on our desires for beauty, poetics and seduction. The work thus far has used the frame of the museum to propose a secret history of modernity, and in the process, point to stereotypes of difference, which are hidden in plain sight.
I have found the histories of surrealism and minimalism to be useful in the rearranging of received ideas. The objects I make are placed in the canon of modernist art, in hopes of making visible what is overlooked in the historicizing of the artist. This project has always been grounded in pleasure and aesthetics.
Molly Gordon - Artist Statement Knitting is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass. Hand knitting started it. From the beginning the process of transforming string into cloth has struck me as magical. And, over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to art.Need help writing, editing, revising or expanding your artist statement?
I write for artists all the time-- statements, essays, explanations, descriptions, whatever you need. Call or email [email protected] Why Write an Artist’s Statement?
Writing an artist’s statement can be a good way to clarify your own ideas about your work. A gallery dealer, curator, docent, or the public can have access to your description of your work, in your own words. This can be good for a reviewer as well. Useful in writing a proposal for an exhibition or project.
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