06/01/2004: "Artist Statement Woes"
I spent several hours tonight trying to write my artist statement. I read a couple of good articles from artbusiness.com such as: Your Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable and Keep Your Artist Statement Short and Clear . I also read suggestions from two books I have, How to Make Money as an Artist and The Artist's Guide to New Markets. Still, I can't seem to get it right.
I want to write a statement that is
But all I can eek out is a statement that's
I'd post it for feedback except it's just too terrible for that. I've done these before, lots of times...I don't know...maybe I'm just running out of things to say. The other thing is that in the past I've made statements that were full of art speak and I'm committed to not doing that this time. Plain English only. But then I run into sounding like I'm talking down to the audience. There has to be a happy medium possible.
For example, I was going to write something about the fact that elements of magical realism have crept into my paintings this year...I'm just not sure if that's true. And then I thought, well, how do you define magical realism anyway, and tried to explain that, but again with the talking down. I mean, is magical realism something that's common knowledge or is it something only artists and writers are really keyed into? Plus, I know what it is, but I'm not 100% that my work would fit the definition. I wouldn't want to say that and have people be thinking "why the hell does she think that?".
Maybe I'm over thinking this? Do you all have as much trouble writing about your own work, or are you comfortable with it.