This week in class we discussed writing an Artist Statement.
Previously we used a writing approach for our Manifesto that encourages the use of making a list of statements to communicate and express ourselves publicly. In the coming weeks each student will be creating and completing an outline for their research papers, and for some, their final thesis.
This week, please begin writing an Artist Statement by generating a list of 15-25 (or more) individual short statements in the form of a list (just like your manifesto).
Put your emphasis on a current body of your work. This should be something that you have been working on for at least 1 month, but no longer ago than one year.
Questions to focus on: (but you are not bound to)
- Description/Abstract: Introduction. Descriptions of the concept and body of work that you will be discussing. Be clear and objective, you need not tell your whole life story here. By creating a list, you will illustrate the many fragments of your thought process. Don’t worry about editing or making them perfect, just list them.
- Process, Materials and Methods: Here you will a list and discuss the descriptions of your working processes, techniques learned and applied, and the materials used to generate the art that you create. Why have you selected these specific materials and techniques to communicate your ideas? How do these choices effect how the viewer will receive your work? Have you personalized a technique in a new way? How so? Were their limitations and new discoveries?
- Resources and References: Historical and cultural referencing, artists, art movements, databases, and any other form of related influence. How has your research influenced your work, ideas, and decision-making process? What contrasts and contradictions have you discovered about your work and ideas? How has regular research and exposure during your program inspired you? Have you made direct and specific connections to an art movement or a series of artists? Explain your discoveries and how you came to those conclusions.
- Exhibition Simulation: You will be mounting a final thesis exhibition of your work. How will you be mounting your exhibition? Why have you selected this particular composition? How did the space itself dictate your choices for installation? How will your installation effect or alter the physical space itself? Will you generate a floor plan sketch to accompany the proposed composition? If so, please explain, if not, also explain why? What kind of help will you need to realize the installation? What materials will you be using to install? Do you have special requirements for ladders, technologies and additional help? Explain in detail.
- Reflection: What have you learned over the course of your graduate program? How has the program influenced your work and how you communicate as an artist? What were your greatest successes? What areas do you need to work on? What skills will you apply directly into your continued professional practice? Do you plan to teach after you graduate? If so, what philosophies and theories will you apply into your teaching practice? Where do you see your self professionally as an artist in 3–5 years?
**Keep in mind – Only graduating students need to focus on #4 & #5.
Please publish your Statement in the Comments section below! Have fun with this!