The Artist's Statement and its purpose
The artist’s statement as informative accompaniment:
An artist’s statement is a brief text meant to explain, justify, and contextualize the work.
It often answers the questions: “What kind of work do you do? And why do you do it?”
A well-crafted and concise statement inspires viewers to gaze more intensely upon the work and enhances their appreciation of it. A poorly crafted and lengthy statement frustrates the viewer and may lead to mockery and contempt.
The Atelier did a special focus on print making this fall. We worked with a professional print shop, in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, called Sev Shoon. The students spent many Fridays engaged in a crash course of learning to etch under expert guidance.
Paintings depicting the effortless birth of Venus show her emerging fully formed as a beautiful woman from the foam of the ocean. There was no awkward moments, no pimply adolescence- she’s perfect.
In contrast- the formation of my newest projects (this website, an up-coming drawing book and a documentary drawing video) has felt like walking through a maze blindfolded. A meandering process involving dead ends, false leads and a lot of hard work for me and everyone else involved. And it is not over yet.