An Artist's Statement is essential - but lots of artists dread writing a statement about their art!
First a video - which deals with the translation aspect of the language used in an artist's statement by Charlotte Young (Today I made Nothing), a UK visual artist
UPDATE - Video #2: Ilaria highlighted another video in the comments and this is also worth taking a look at - yet another artist having an ironic view on the topic of constructing an artist's statement].
Second - a very sound proposition from Joanne Mattera (Joanne Mattera Art Blog) which is recommended reading - Marketing Mondays: Rethinking the Artist’s Statement
Finally - an article by Carolyn Edlund on Artsy Shark which neatly summarises 6 Ways your Artist Statement can Work for You
All of these links have been added into my very popular resource How to Write an Artist's Statement [updated link] which attracts huge traffic round about the time fine artists graduate - but there's no reason why students should not look at it earlier in the academic year!
Below you can find what it covers - click one of the links to find out more (this section has been updated and revised for new links on the new website)
- What is an artist statement?
- Why you need an artist's statement
- How to write an artist statement (TIPS)
- The language of an Artist's Statement -serious and humorous
- What you need to include - and what you need to leave out
- What records you need to keep
- Visual matters: how and where to present your Artist Statement
- Examples of Artist Statements
After that, you might find it useful to take a look at How to write an Artist's Resume or CV (revised and updated link)