After writing my artist statement I asked two people to give me feedback. I'd like to thank Cindi Huss and Tracy Woodsford for taking a look at my statement!
You may remember that I stated I was feeling a bit vulnerable sending the statement to them. Having received their feedback I am so glad I did not skip this step! The feedback I received was very helpful. The fact that they both identified the same area as problematic was a bonus.
So if the same area is one that is identified by multiple people, you can be pretty sure that the wording is not as clear as it seemed to you as you sat at your keyboard to write. In my case, I had gone a little overboard with the descriptors. Just wanted everyone to know how many elements go into my work. I'm enthusiastic, you know? Still, that was an obvious place to chisel. My exuberance made for confusion.
Cindi also informed me that I was using the passive voice. Who, me? Looking back I found it was so. So that was also addressed. Oh no, there I am again being passive.
Ok, if I must be actively telling my story, I will have to tell you that Cindi rewrote the statement in the active voice. I tweaked it. This is how it really goes, friends. We live in community. To be the best we can be we must reach out. Sometimes that means supporting others. Sometimes it means gratefully accepting the help that is given us.
I hope that this series of articles on writing about your art has been helpful. I feel finished with the topic at this time, so will not continue writing on a weekly basis. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for joining me as I muse about writing for art.