Feel free to use my work as a model for yours. A clearer understanding of myself and of my world allow me to explore fragments of life as an abstract form, and also to interact with people I would otherwise not be able to engage with.
A Guest Post by Chris Folsom. It is an incredibly difficult task to describe your own work without sounding arrogant or self-absorbed. Worse yet, if your images span a variety of subjects and styles as mine often totrying to sum up the collection in a paragraph or two may seem impossible.
Here are some tips I go by when writing an artist statement for a shop or gallery that will be displaying my work: Start with the basics Jot down some basic information about the photos included in this collection.
Do they have a common theme? Were they all taken in a similar location? Having a short list of details will help later when you are trying to tie everything together.
Try not to get too technical Nobody reading the statement will care if you shot with a Canon 5D or if Photoshop is your post-processing software of choice. If there are some truly unique elements involved in the work printed on a special material or you shot through a hand-crafted lens, for examplefeel free to include that information.
Otherwise, leave out the details about your gear. What would you like someone else to say of this work? This is possibly the best way to get to the heart of why you took these photos. How long have you been doing this kind of art?
Why did you start? Why do you enjoy it? Try not to pat yourself on the back too much It is fine to say you are proud of this body of work, but try not to go overboard with the self praise.
I understand the value of confidence and selling yourself, but these kinds of descriptions will be a turnoff to a lot of people. A friend once suggested that I do a haiku for my statement, which I thought was a genius idea.
Different venues will have their own requirements, but take the opportunity to do something out of the norm if you can. If these photos have a mission, it is this: It may be a lonesome tree on an isolated hill or the dark interior of an abandoned building.
Whatever the locale, on the best of days these images will stir up unexpected feelings and thoughts in the viewer. Studio Tempura is based out of Baltimore, MD and has been creating photographs for over a decade.
Chris Folsom is a photographer based in Baltimore, MD.Getting Started Writing An Artist Statement BRAINSTORM: 10 MINUTE WRITING EXERCISES 1.
Describe your work: Describe one work of yours that is currently in your studio. Do it quickly. Don't worry about grammar, jargon, or finding the right word. There is no format to this, no structure.
Q: Why do I have to write an artist statement? It's stupid. If I wanted to write to express myself I would have been a writer. The whole idea of my art is to say things visually. Why can't people just look at my art and take away whatever experiences they will?
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Keith says: August 28, at am. Learn how to write your artist statement from the experts at Agora Gallery. Read these valuable tips for writing the perfect artist statement! How To Write An Artist Statement: Tips From The Art Experts Along with your portfolio, you should have an artist statement available at a moment’s notice.
An artist statement should be. An artist statement is a way of discussing your work as a photographer both generally (why you chose to work in the medium of photography) and specifically (why you chose to create a certain project). If you have trouble writing about yourself, write about an artist you admire.
Then write about yourself from that point of view. Assessment of Portfolio. More Writing an Artist's Statement Submitted by: Pam Stephens. Artist’s Statement. What is .