An Artist’s Statement is different from your bio and should not be folded into the bio, as it could muddle the clarity that each one should have. Here are a few tips to polishing up a really well-composed Artist’s Statement.
Brevity is key. A few paragraphs will do.
Written in the first person. Unlike the artist’s bio, the artist’s statement is written in the first person.
Focus on your art. Don’t include anything about other artist’s who may have inspired you. Leave that for the bio. This is about your art.
Originality. When mentioning your art, try to avoid cross-reference comparisons, i.e. “My work is Palahniuk meets Jane Austen.” This is setting a reader up for an imagery you may not quite attain. Best to avoid this scenario.
Remain current. You should only discuss your art as it currently exists. Do not cover past art. As your art evolves over time, so should your statement.
Don’ts. Do not include bio information, influences, past art or awards and education here. You will have the opportunity to cover these things in your bio.
Philosophy. An artist’s statement can also briefly discuss your message or philosophy as an artist.
Sell it! Never forget that your statement is another sales tool. You want to craft your artist’s statement so that people will want to look at your art. Write it in such a way that someone will be intrigued or entertained enough to want to hear more.
Along with your artist’s statement, you may want to include a few examples of your work. With a good artist’s statement, you will be able to quickly and concisely explain who you are as an artist.
– C.R. Cohen
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