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5 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement

5 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement

John R. Math |

5. Keep it Short:

Remember that people’s attention spans are quite short and that if the artist statement is too long, too complicated or poorly written people will just not read it! Avoid big, flowery and complicated words. It just does not work. You are not trying to impress anyone, you are trying to communicate to a very wide audience what your art is about.

Here are some other things to consider and incorporate into an artist statement:

• Avoid using I and me throughout the statement.

• Do not say “I want to…” or “I am trying to…” Just say it and be precise.

• If you have multiple bodies or work, materials or techniques, have multiple artist statements for each.

• Do not “tell” the reader what they “must” see in your art. That is what the artist sees and the viewer may see or interpret something else.

• This is not a biography. Do not get that mixed in with the artist statement.

• If the artist is unsure about the end result of the statement, then the artist should have other people read it, comment on it or find someone that will help the artist.

• After it is completed, the artist should reread it and make sure that the sentence structure and spelling are perfect.

The artist should then put the statement away. In a few days, they should look at it again and follow these steps all over again! At that point, the artist will see how a phrase, sentence or a word can be changed in order to make the artist statement clearer and overall better.

Finally, if the artist is happy with the statement, then it is good to go. If however, the artist is still not completely happy with the statement, put it away again and reread in order to fine tune and communicate the artist statement clearly.

Remember, the artist statement is speaking to the viewer in the artist’s absence. Therefore, the artist statement should be short, concise and well written in a conversational language.

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