Tools for Writing an Artist’s Statement

Prepared by Sonya Blesofsky

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Tools for Writing an Artist’s Statement

Some Questions to ask yourself

* Why do you like to make art?

* What subjects do you prefer? Why?

* What processes and techniques do you use? Why?

* How is your work different from others?

* What do you see in your artwork?

* What do other people say they see?

* Who or what inspires you?

To Start:

Write a three paragraph artist’s statement. Keep your sentences authentic and direct. Use the present tense (“I am,” not “I was,” “I do,” not “I did.”) Be brave: say nice things about yourself.  As a rule, your artist’s statement should be written in the first person. Refer to yourself with the pronouns “I, me, my.” If this blocks you, write in the third person, then go back and change the pronouns as needed when you get to Step Four. Use the suggestions below to structure your statement. Write three to five sentences per paragraph.

First paragraph. Begin with a simple statement of why you do the work you do. Support that statement, telling the reader more about your goals and aspirations.

Second paragraph. Tell the reader how you make decisions in the course of your work. How and why do you select materials, techniques, themes? Keep it simple and tell the truth.

Third paragraph. Tell the reader a little more about your current work. How it grew out of prior work or life experiences. What are you exploring, attempting, challenging by doing this work.

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