Step 1: You can do this.
Stop thinking about this as an epic task.
Through this exercise I will break down the process of getting your artistic intents down into a digestible statement. This process works for artists of ANY experience level, trust me.
Step 2: Brainstorm, visual stage
You’re a visual artist, so draw it!
Use a bubble chart or mind map to get your ideas on paper. I find it easier to start with the outside bubbles and allow those minor thoughts to help draw conclusions towards the bubble in the centre. In this exercise, the centre bubble should end up being a 1 sentence statement that describes your practice.
Step 3: Now put it into paragraphs:
Use the following list of questions to gain a better understanding of your practice (answer as many as you need to help get ideas and words flowing)
- Describe your medium
- Describe your method
- When you work, do you have a finished product in mind, or does the work take shape as you go?
- List any main thematic ethos to your work
- List any major sources of inspiration
- If you're able to say WHY you make art, please explain!
- School/training history
- List any important collections
- Countries your work has been sold in
- Countries your work has been exhibited in
Step 4: Structure it
A good basic structure for your statement is as follows:
Paragraph 1: Who are you and what are you known for.
Paragraph 2: What makes your work special? Describe a bit of process and how it informs your finished work
Paragraph 3: Summarize accomplishments (where your work is hanging, where you can view it, where you went to school, etc)
Step 5: Edit it
Find a trusted friend to offer a second set of eyes to help you edit, and ensure your ideas are coming off as you intended.
Easy right? If you would like more help with this process, I’m happy to assist! Feel free to contact me for statement writing from the ‘blank page’ stage, or editing once you’ve got your ideas on paper. Good luck!