It helps them to understand what makes you unique and tells them about the journey you took to get to where you are now as an artist.
An artist statement is most often the front line of communication between an artist and the public. It will be used when you submit your portfolio to competitions, galleries, and museums. It may sometimes be displayed when people are viewing your works in person or on your website. How To Create A Professional Portfolio There are many paths to becoming an artist, through school or an apprenticeship, or through inspiration and self-teaching but no matter how you got there, being a professional artist means that you have to have an artist statement.
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There are three elements to consider: Many visitors are interested in knowing about your artistic process. Describe your works; what colors do you use, do you make large marks or small marks, or do you use blending so there are no visible marks at all? Are your paintings abstract? Do you take photos of landscapes?
What is your imagery? When people describe what you make, what do they say? Describe the content of your works in a general way to flow from how you work to what you make.
Why do you make what you make? What does your life say about your work and your work say about your life? What symbols do you use and why? Explain the influences behind the meanings of your works.
However, if one category seems far more relevant to your work than the others, feel free to emphasize it in your statement. Balance your content in any way you need to.
Write down the answers to these questions on your own and then cut them down do the absolute essentials.
Once you have your content, then you can move to style. Would you like to be updated with our latest articles and gallery events? Subscribe to our newsletter! Use accessible vocabulary; keep in mind that your readers may not be scholars, artists, or art historians. Make sure the content in your artist statement is not too complex or technical.
This will intimidate your audience. Even the most interested person will get lost in too much information. The average museum and gallery visitor spends 5 to 15 seconds looking at each artwork, according to numerous museum surveys.
Keep updating your artist statement as you grow and evolve as an artist. Read your statement out loud to make sure it flows properly. Read it to people familiar with you and your work and listen to their comments. If you are represented by a gallery, or if you have an agent, see if they are available to help you with your statements.
Agora Gallery, for example, often helps artists edit their statements. If you are sending your statement somewhere with a word requirement usually between words take their advice and write at least that much.
Write your statement in your native language first, and then translate it. You can use a professional translator, or you can try to translate it with an application online.
Just be sure that you have it double checked by a native speaker of whatever language your statement will be published in before you submit. Do your very best to compose something for yourself. Do not submit a statement with too little information or no statement at all.
If a gallery or competition asks for a statement, be sure to provide one. If there is a suggested word count, meet it. You want to be able to communicate with viewers in your own words.
Most submissions to galleries these days are online, like ours, which makes worrying about how your statement looks a no-brainer. The online forms will take care of that for you. If you are submitting a printed statement, here are some tips for making it up to the art world standards:I wrote “How to Write Your Artist’s Biography” e-Book to help you take the stress out of this writing project.
The e-Book has been recently expanded and revised. It will help you write Your Artist’s Biography in a simple step-by-step manner.
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Here are seven steps for writing a better artist statement, plus a checklist. Bruton Stroube Studios: On top of having well written photographer bios, each BSS staff member also has their own bio.
And each includes a goofy poem. And each includes a goofy poem. Writing a bio ought to be applicable as well as intrigue. Unfortunately, not every person can compose a convincing biography which can be an issue.
An artist statement should briefly describe how the artist works, and what their work means. It is no longer than a page and can be as short as one hundred words. You can use it for galleries, press mentions, portfolios, applications and submissions.