Article first published at ezine.com.
The mysterious artist statement, is it really necessary? Is it outdated or more important than ever before? I propose that it is more necessary today in this economy than it has been in the past.
I had never put much time or thought into my artist statement until recently. And now, I find that it is an evolving statement just as my art is, constantly refining and improving.
I’m still working on that statement. But, as I have been working on it and answered some of the questions that art coaches put forth to reveal in my statement, I have come to the realization that the artist statement has helped me as an individual and as an artist.
I have listed eleven things I discovered that I gained by spending some time seriously thinking about my artist statement and writing down those thoughts about my art.
- It has helped me to clarify an overall direction in my art, what I expect and want.
- I have taken a serious look at my art, realizing my strengths and weaknesses.
- I’m clear on what my art means to me and how it makes me feel.
- It has helped me to find my voice (my brand), knowing what is unique about my art.
- I know what I will be focusing on in the near future to improve as an artist.
- I know what I want to do differently.
- I’ve learned more about painting and art in general. I have found that the statement is a learning tool.
- I know what inspires me and how to be inspired.
- I’ve learned more about myself both as a person and as an artist.
- I have been able to more clearly articulate to clients about my art. It is no longer “What you see is what you get.” I am not longer painting just images.
- Ultimately, and possibly the most significant, is that I have gained more confidence in myself as an artist.
All of these points will improve my art and the selling of my art, which is vital in this economy So, in the end, I have concluded, that if I am honest and really introspective in writing my artist statement, I will have gained much. I will also come across as being open, honest, and true to myself which will help clients connect with my art, me and to get to know a little more about me as an artist and person.
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