This seemed like a good place to begin and discuss what an artist statement is and how I can write one for my own work.
You often hear people talking about them and just dismissing them, but I think if you are an artist then you need to know what it is you are making work for. First we should look at what they are.
What is an artist statement
I got this from Wikipedia
An artist’s statement (or artist statement) is an artist’s written description of their work. The brief verbal representation is for, and in support of, his or her own work to give the viewer understanding. As such it aims to inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for the work; it is therefore didactic, descriptive, or reflective in nature.
Now I have to see if I can get this to work in with what my work is about.
I have talked about how I think my images deal with a more personal aspect than what I had been working towards previously. I had always thought that it was more about the world ending, or climate change making it so that we can no longer live in some places on the planet. Then slowly last year I started to wonder if it wasn’t more personal that that.
How would my artist statement go
Over the last number of years we have been battling something as a family. Something happened that should never happen and we have been struggling quite a bit. Thankfully, it didn’t tear us apart, but we have come to understand mental health so much more. I don’t want to go into details about what happened, no one needs to know about that, but the mental health problems have been real. I have started to wonder if my work isn’t more about that. We have been dealing with depression, anxiety, and a few other things. So I have started wondering if my work is about depression and the feelings of isolation. Hence, why there are no people in my images.
So my artist statement might go along the lines of:
Exploring the world through photography and how mental health can impact that. Looking how someone who experiences conditions like depression and anxiety can feel alien in the everyday world. Through personal experiences I would like to try to see if I can convey those through imagery of the every day world and how people like myself can feel in it.
I have written that off the top of my head, but it does cover what I am hoping to do with my art practice from now on. Writing it down has given some clarification, but it will be a work in progress and as time goes in, I do expect that it will be refined. This is my first attempt at writing it down and, it has to be said, I’m not very good at art speak.
My images are dark, and I hope they portray that feeling of isolation, being left in the dark, so to speak. I thought we could have a quick look at an image I put up on Instagram today.
This is a long exposure taken a couple of months ago in the city down at South Wharf. I like this block of three buildings, there is something about them. Then when I was looking again yesterday I was thinking how boxy they were, like walls that you can’t get through. Maybe like you were being shut out in the cold and dark. So that is the look I went for. I tried to remove all the distractions from everywhere else so you would really only look at those buildings.
Is it successful? I don’t know, I like it as an image, would I include it with my artwork, maybe. It says something to me, which is all it needs to do really.
Enough for today. I will have to get onto tomorrow’s post soon.