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How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement

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Written by: lightspacetime
Written on: Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:20 am
Article Description: The following are some tips and ideas for all artists to think about when composing a new artist statement or revising their current artist statement.
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Have you ever read someone’s artist statement and said to yourself “what the heck does all of that mean” or “those are some fancy words that I just do not understand?” If you were having a personal conversation with the artist and you were asking about their art, would they talk like that, in those terms? Probably not and neither should the artist when composing and writing their artist statement.

Here are some tips and ideas for all artists to think about when composing a new artist statement or revising their current artist statement.

1. Keep the Statement Simple – What I mean by this is that the artist statement should be written both clearly and concisely for a wide range of people who will read it. The artist is neither speaking down to someone who is uneducated with fine art, nor are they talking up to that person trying to impress them. The best way to write the statement is to do this as if you were speaking to someone in person. Basically, an artist statement is an introduction of their art, without the artist being there.

2. The Statement Should Tell Why - The artist should explain why they create this kind of art. This could be in the form of an explanation of the artist’s motivation, subject matter or maybe someone who inspired the artist to express their art. In addition, the “why” could also discuss any artistic or personal influences. Overall, the artist is telling the reader the personal reasons why they create their art.

3. The Statement Should Tell How – Explaining to the reader the “how” can be a short sentence or two about the artistic process or describing if there are any special techniques that were used in producing this art. The artist should not get technical or provide a step by step guide on how to create their art. If there are any unusual materials used, that can be mentioned too.

4. What it Means to the Artist – Overall, this a personal statement of the meaning of the art for the artist. This may be the most difficult thing for the artist to write about as it will reveal something personal about the artist. It is very difficult to write about yourself, especially when you need to keep it short. For this, think Twitter and try to write this with 140 characters. It is tough to do but try to do it in at least 2 to 3 concise sentences, maximum.

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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Permanent Linkby hungfirv13 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:01 am

Written feedback should be constructive not merely derived from the momentary whim of the reader . To his feedback is really valuable , you need to build skills for their feedback . Here are some skills you can feedback reference .

Feedback on how you want to get feedback .

Before critics ask yourself if you would be how ? Whether you want to put effort into something , only to be told that : " Bored , no value , worth up to ... " or not ? If you do not like , do not apply them with others .

A feedback constructive criticism is better to avoid using words or sentences offensive , insulting , negative or too touched the privacy of the writer . If your writing is too harsh , too much love , too subjective , the writing will tend to consider your feedback is attacked rather than constructive .

" Boredom , dry , misleading , lack of investment ... " If your responses are full of words but lacks the information to explain why you should see the view you are writing critical responses or feedback lash . Those words will often cause the writer to jump up , and will throw every other comment you bother writing out the window .

Put yourself in the position of the writer

Before critics , you need to understand the purpose of the writing , but the writing audience targeting and write phase of the work.

The purpose of different writers , different classes will lead the reader to the different spelling , and writing stages will lead to differences in quality . As a work of criticism , you need to understand this unwritten inept criticism , even ridiculous .

Try the following as an example :

You read a lousy work , and the high responsibility of the reader , you mighty critics are writing a hundred- quality text and sent to the writer . Written receive , your eyes look like eyes flat falling from the sky . The price you pay attention a little more , then you probably already know you 've read a ' Badfic ' - a work deliberately write bad purpose analysis and guidance on how to write .

I was impressed with a comment that I have received for the series "The Art of writing " her . As a courtesy , I did not react , but honestly I'd tell him that : "Of course . They are kind of research articles . You also want something more than you? "

Do not play reviewed and confirmed

You may disagree with the author's writing , but that does not mean that the other readers as well as you think . Written understand this. Those other readers understand this. So when you write in a way that confirms the disadvantages you think is right , you can make the writer and other readers uncomfortable . Instead of confirming it, show it is just my personal opinion .

How to write : " The tone dry , tedious . This work should not be put in the repertory or " convey the size and attitude cause .

In contrast , writing : " In my opinion , the way your writing is dry . When I read , I do not feel the point of the work or to see a little tedious . " The personal and respectful . A feedback constructive criticism should be used this way .

Do not forget to praise

Nothing quite good , nothing is completely bad . Each file has strengths , though only a prologue , a word or an expensive creative ideas . Find out the bright spots that no less than finding weaknesses . There are those who think that constructive criticism is raised that limit . That is absolutely not true . A good critic responses not only indicate what the writer should improve , but to point out the people who wrote the play .

" I like the way you build your character . The reaction of the characters very real . I especially like the way you use the action seemed a little odd , but when things are put together together to portray the subtleties of the characters explicitly . "

With a comment like this , the writer knows the strengths of the work, and can come to the conclusion that these strengths should be applied to what he wrote later .

Let's start with a feedback positive comments about the work and do not forget to tell the people writing them have succeeded . By doing so , you establish a peaceful environment , reduce the stress that brings the specified limit .

Distinguish works and authors

Feedback critics often refer to these points should be limited . For the response of the person you do not hit a blunt writing , you should always realize that their work is critical , not the author is critical . A negative comment is easy to accept when it aims to work towards it rather than the author .

" The way the character should be portrayed deeper " more is better " You build character, not deep . "

No evasive

Be careful in writing does not mean hiding . Once you have decided to write feedback constructive criticism , do not hesitate to set up all the blemishes you are not right . Maybe the writer will not agree that you mentioned disadvantages incorrect , but that the writer needs to decide on its stance . Not to mention the fear of unstable writer does not agree or did not want to offend the writer will lose meaning seeking perfection of this feedback form . Around insinuating things around talking to people writing nasty fear that the writer only and disorientation may misunderstand you .

Always be specific and explain

Even at the level of how short or long a suffering thousands of letters , a good critical response not only raised the issue but also to explain why it matters . So you need to avoid when critics make general remarks without evidence or specific proposals .

Say : "What 's the matter with you " is meaningless if you do not set up the reason why .

Conversely, if you give more information , your comments will be solid and valuable : " The end of your disproportionate to the tension of the story . It came too soon after climax while you still are problems not resolved . Throughout the story , you focus so much on the pain and hatred of the character Anna . The culprit was discovered to be that person you loved Anna . I am very interested in the Anna will react , so that way you end up right after detectives said the culprit made ​​me feel very uneasy . Mark how quickly bowed confession made ​​me wonder if this is the man who killed both in delight Anna , was cold the other victims of torture or not . "

Saying " You need to be improved to meet Anna the Mark . " Does not provide much helpful if you could not give examples or directions for improvement.

Conversely, if you specific suggestions , your criticisms will be much more useful to the writer : " The Anna to meet Mark which is very stressful and many events , but it makes me feel like watching a slow motion . In my opinion it is as you describe Anna 's feelings too much and use more complex sentences to describe the action . I think if you focus more on the event with a rush , the tone will be much better this time . "

Encourage rather than dictate

Please understand that the work is not written by you , and the decisions relating to it is the writer's territory . Do not ever step foot into that territory . Remember that the word " should " is emotionally effective than many from " should " .

Do not write : " You have to adjust the opening chapter introduces the main characters more depth . " Manner of writing makes the writing easy to think : " Who is he that didactically ? The hell we should listen to him ? "
Please write : " You should adjust the opening chapter to introduce more about the main character . " This way stop at writing tips , while respecting the rights of the written work is accepted more easily .

Avoid two-way message

A compliment is a compliment . A word is a word processing mode . Do we ambiguity . If you would like to highlight the advantages of the work, just to show it intact in a sentence or a line, do not enter them with the disadvantages of phrases like " but " , " however " , " however " ... by they will make you sound like a compliment of solace .
Writing that " his or plot , but ... " means that the writer said : " Hey, do not believe in my front side . "

Do not forget a little humor

Humor is the spice soften remarks dryly . However, with constructive feedback and beta series, this condiment should be spread over the gentle and moderate .
" Story excessive use of the described method to express natural emotions of the characters. Protagonist like driving your boat adventure on the high seas . Drenched him . Boat wet . Both Sea , clouds sun ... all soggy . Reducing the gloomy picture , add a bit of sun shades will make the story more suited to form adventure stories . "

Use the momentum of humor like when you put too much pepper in bowl . Not careful it will make the writer feel stung for being sarcastic .


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