Writing an artist statement is usually the last task on your list. It’s a necessary evil for your practice: you need one for all of your professional endeavors, but it seems like your work should speak for itself. We think your work is the most important part of all, too. So why are we advocating for the artist statement?
Because the act of writing about your work helps you not only achieve a well-written statement that serves practical purposes, it helps you clarify your goals, identify actual words that can help you communicate your practice, and these words will help you represent yourself and your work in the most professional, genuine way. In other words, writing helps you have your shit together. Writing will help you be articulate about your work, and you’ll have a much easier time speaking about what you do.
Artist statements need not be overly wordy or too academic. They simply need to give your reader some insight into who you are and why you make the work. It can serve as a powerful tool to allow someone to connect with your work on a deeper level.
The artist statement also should not: be longer than 2-3 paragraphs, tell someone how to feel, overly explain things, or use phrases like “I hope, My work aspires to, My goal is, or The Viewer will.” We'll show you how to distill your thoughts in the Artist Statement Blueprint.