Hello art friends,
Maxwell was recently asked to submit an artist statement for a publication. We did some research online, but all of the information we found on artist statements was very ambiguous and sometimes contradictory. The example statements we found were also… not our taste. We encountered a lot of things like “white paper disgusts me”, “life is a fragile, beautiful thing”, or my personal favorite “I am discovering a technique which at first glance might be confused with the known”.
We were able to put together an acceptable statement for the publication, but the process was like pulling teeth and we still aren’t 100% happy with the result. Max described it well: For artists who focus on learning and development, this experience is very unpleasant because you’re forced to brag about the thing you’re developing.
I’m wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience with writing an artist statement? Or, hopefully, someone has had a much more pleasant experience and could give us some suggestions?