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A Guest Post by Chris Folsom. It is an incredibly difficult task to describe your own work without sounding arrogant or self-absorbed.
Worse yet, if your images span a variety of subjects and styles as mine often totrying to sum up the collection in a paragraph or two may seem impossible. Here are some tips I go by when writing an artist statement for a shop or gallery that will be displaying my work: Start with the basics Jot down some basic information about the photos included in this collection.
Do they have a common theme? Were they all taken in a similar location? Having a short list of details will help later when you are trying to tie everything together. Try not to get too technical Nobody reading the statement will care if you shot with a Canon 5D or if Photoshop is your post-processing software of choice.
If there are some truly unique elements involved in the work printed on a special material or you shot through a hand-crafted lens, for examplefeel free to include that information. Otherwise, leave out the details about your gear.
What would you like someone else to say of this work? This is possibly the best way to get to the heart of why you took these photos. How long have you been doing this kind of art?
Why did you start? Why do you enjoy it? Try not to pat yourself on the back too much It is fine to say you are proud of this body of work, but try not to go overboard with the self praise.
I understand the value of confidence and selling yourself, but these kinds of descriptions will be a turnoff to a lot of people. A friend once suggested that I do a haiku for my statement, which I thought was a genius idea. Different venues will have their own requirements, but take the opportunity to do something out of the norm if you can.
If these photos have a mission, it is this: It may be a lonesome tree on an isolated hill or the dark interior of an abandoned building. Whatever the locale, on the best of days these images will stir up unexpected feelings and thoughts in the viewer.
Studio Tempura is based out of Baltimore, MD and has been creating photographs for over a decade. Chris Folsom is a photographer based in Baltimore, MD.
You can view more of his photos at Flickr or follow his photographic endeavors on Twitter.The final paragraph should recapitulate the most important points in the statement. What an Artist’s Statement is NOT: Pomposity, writing a statement about your role in the world.
Grandiose and empty expressions and clichés about your work and views. Technical and . How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement. Have you ever read someone’s artist statement and said to yourself “what the heck does all of that mean” or “those are some fancy words that I just do not understand?”.
How To Write An Artist Statement: Tips From The Art Experts These valuable tips along with an infographic for quick reference will help you in writing and perfecting your artist’s statement.
"How To" Tutorials. My own artist statement is six healthy sentences long.
I find that many artists hide behind verbosity, as if the more they write, the closer they can get to the truth. But if people need to read paragraph after paragraph, they might think your work can’t hold up on its own, and that is a big-time kiss of death.
See a few examples of strong artist statements below, and below that, a discussion of what makes them good. Andy Yoder, sculptor: “Many people take great comfort in the bathroom towels being the same color as the soap, toilet paper, and tiles.
My Art II students write a short paragraph and my Art III students have to type a page about their artist statement. I encourage students to look at several other artists’ statements on the Internet give them 2 examples from professional artists.