Overview: A process of identifying, articulating and refining context for the student’s work, culminating in a final written artist statement (Long & Short versions)
Objectives: At completion of assignment, student will be able to: 1) Understand the context and motivation for their own work 2) Clearly articulate that context, in their own voice, through the written statement
Process: The Artist Statement should help the viewer connect to your work by addressing what you make, how and why you make it, and how you understand it’s meaning. The statement often includes your sources of influence and inspiration, and frames the work within a contemporary context.
Ask yourself these questions: What am I doing? How am I doing it? What am I doing it? What influences me most? How does my art relate to the art of my contemporaries? What do I want others to understand about my art? This statement should refer to the themes and patterns that connect all or most of your work in general, and is not specific to one project or piece. Consider the Artist Statement to be a live document — subject to periodic updates and rethinks as your work evolves.
Refer to your in-class writing exercises, your own previous writings, and your photographic work to draw inspiration and ideas. Write a first draft early (now!) and revise often on your own or with help from the Writing Center over the course of the semester, leading up to the delivery milestones on the reverse.