Best Professional Practices for Artists:
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.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] An artist's statement is a short piece written by you, the creative mind behind it all, to accompany a particular painting or group of paintings. An artist's statement shouldn't be dismissed as insignificant or dashed out in a hurry as it's a vital selling tool, promoting and explaining your work to.
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. Artist Statements: A Quick Guide Your artist statement is a written description of your work that gives your audience deeper • Keep it short, coherent and clear - No more than 1 page, double spaced.
Getting Started Writing An Artist Statement BRAINSTORM: 10 MINUTE WRITING EXERCISES 1. Best Professional Practices for Artists: The Artist Statement Made Simple by Cara Ober. What is the goal of writing an artist statement?
What does the artist statement do? Length: Short artist statements were, on the whole, much higher quality than longer ones. The more concise statements had evidence of strong editing, less run .
Jonathan H. 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.