As many of us had raised issues about writing a decent artist statement a workshop became available with Davida about how to write one, we were put in pairs and asked to ‘interview’ each other with some questions about our work. I was with Ronnie which was good because we both know each other well and our individual projects. By the end of the interview exercise, we gathered our answers and wrote them in a short paragraph artist statement style. Here were some pointers we had to acknowledge whilst writing this paragraph;
•Never write your statement in the third person
•It is unnecessary to write down your materials as the viewer can see it for themselves.
•Don’t use specialist language not everyone will understand
•Don’t include philosophical questions
•Don’t assume how people will feel about your work
•Be clear about what you want to say, keep your writing concise
• Make sure the themes which your work portrays are shown
• Make sure to amend grammatical errors and spelling mistakes
When we had written the final artist statements we went round the group and Davida critiqued them for us, she told us what was strong and what wasn’t which really helped me to make sure I wasn’t going off track. She also showed us this video, which made the whole process more fun.