Aloha friends! Every time I create a new body of work or series I like to write a new artist statement to touch on my most current work. I think this is a really important step when making art because even though our audiences usually aren't looking for a novel, they do appreciate a little insight into what the artist is trying to get across.
It's a great way for your audience to get to know you as well as being a great way to get a handle on your own art making. It can be very easy to create without purpose but it can tend to lead down a rabbit hole that may not be obvious to everyone who wants to enjoy your work. (Make sure to read to the end for a little guidance when writing about your own artmaking)
Any way an artist can better connect with their viewers makes for a stronger impression and therefore a stronger work of art. So enjoy my latest statement and this small collection of my shadow play series:
I have always been a lover of light and these days now find myself a chaser of shadows.
I am a contemporary realist portrait and figure artist living the dream in Hawai’i. While in my studio I find myself constantly using the plant life, tropical atmosphere, and beautiful brilliant sun to capture my muses in unusual and remarkable positions playing and reflecting in elaborate cast shadows. One of the most important aspects of my work is my desire to help foster an inclusive atmosphere in the fine art world by portraying a culturally rich group of subjects, as well as representing an inclusive milieu of body types.
I believe that the modern art scene in general, from its exhibiting artists to its muses, should be ever more representational of all the unique citizens of this earth, so I use my work to lovingly highlight the beauty and character in everyday people from all over the world.
Things to reflect on when writing about your own art....
- Are there any unusual processes or materials (especially if the medium is a direct correlation to the 'voice' of your work)?
- What exactly is the subject and what does it means to you?
- How does the subject affect you and/or how would you like it to affect the viewer?
- What in your personal life or history made you gravitate to this subject?
- Is there anything you hope to accomplish by sharing this work with the world?
Certainly don't feel limited to these questions (and I'm for sure not the end-all-be-all for artist statements!), but sometimes just having a jumping off point can help get the creative juices flowing. And I often have two versions of my artist statement prepared for posting and gallery entry forms. One that is no more than two really short paragraphs and another that's more involved since some places like you to submit a long one and other like a short one.
originally published July 29, 2018