|Shoup, Lynda Diane. Work in Progress. 2017, Private Collection of the Artist.|
One of the concepts that struck me when reading about writing an Artist’s Statement is the discrepancy between what the artist wants to achieve and the actual artwork itself. I have seen the opinion voiced that a statement that promises the world paired with art that doesn’t deliver is one of the most disappointing statement fails.
So, what to do about that?
Clearly we all want to achieve great things. Some of us may be able to articulate those lofty ideals. What about that work, though?
On a personal level, after letting my statement ferment for a few weeks, I revisited my writing. I’m not too proud to admit that I didn’t like what I saw. Time to tear it apart and revamp, rework and possibly start over from step one.
While the writing needs tweaking, it’s not just the writing. The connection between the work and the words needs to be stronger, more compatible. Does my internal dialog translate to a visual state?
Below is a list of questions I’m asking myself as I explore the connections.
How have you found the work of writing your artist statement?