With this posting we end our look at artist statements. Writing an artist statement is not a one-time exercise. Yes, an artist should have one that speaks to the body of work in general, but for each exhibit, a specific artist statement must be crafted. It needs to be addressed to the theme of the exhibit and to the work(s) submitted.
What stands out in the copy from these 6 artists is the clarity in which they expressed the ideas behind their works, tying it into the exhibit’s theme. Some talked a bit about their background, some about the works themselves, all discussed how the theme influenced the creation and/or selection of their specific pieces.
However, an artist statement need not explain the works, but what it says should be intelligent enough for the reader, who then views the artwork, to get to know the artist and her/his creative inclinations. And yes, there is room for writing one that is either funny or a rant on something. But, it too, must be clearly written with an end in mind. Some of my favorite statements had me laughing as I viewed the artist’s pieces, others added a thoughtful dimension to the theme. It’s the ones that sound like an alien from another planet wrote it, leaving me scratching my head, that not a good statement makes!