How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement
6 Tips for Writing and Artist Statement
An artist statement is a general introduction of your work as an artist. It is the what, how, and why of your work, from your own perspective. It helps you convey the deeper meaning or purpose of your work to the audience (clients, gallery owners, scholarship boards, entrance panels, etc.).
What kind of artists need personal statements? If you are a designer, photographer, fashion designer, illustrator, sculpture artist, abstract artist, painter or any other kind of artist, you need an artist statement.
Why you need an artist statement
An artist statement lets you convey the reasoning behind your work-- why you chose a particular subject matter, why you work in a certain medium, etc. And further, a well-written statement shows the relationship of you to your artwork, and helps creates a connection with the viewer that will make your work (and your name) more memorable.
An artist statement can:
- Clarify your own ideas about your work.
- Describe your work, in your own words.
- Be a base for a proposal for an exhibition or project.
- Fill a requirement for scholarships, grants/funding, teaching positions, or admission to school.
- Be a good source of info for art reviewers, journalists, reporters, etc.
- Introduce your work to the buying public.
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