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Ellen Keagy

Ellen Keagy

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How to Write an Artists Statement?

I was at a Gallery recently and they wanted a short ‘artist statement’ and I feel frozen… I’ve never written a statement for a walk in Gallery…anyone? ideas?

grins….help?

Ellen

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  • Mitch Labuda
    Mitch Labudaalmost 3 years ago

    I’m attending a how to session at the local arts commission, in April, for the very subject, Artist Statement

  • Well get back to me after that? grins…….. I noted there is a ‘how to’ write a statement online, but I wanted RB friends thoughts too..

    – Ellen Keagy

  • Mitch Labuda
    Mitch Labudaalmost 3 years ago

    I can do that. The meeting is being held April 10th.

  • Thanks!

    – Ellen Keagy

  • sentimentum
    sentimentumalmost 3 years ago

    If you look through your research and sketchbooks that you did while working on the art you have made .. You should see your artist statement within the body of work leading up to the final work or set of works.

    It’s basically what the work is about and why. Could post you my statement if it would help

  • Thanks, I will go check yours out!

    I can do what you say it’s just that it seems they want college and awards, which I don’t have.

    Much appreciated!
    Ellen

    – Ellen Keagy

  • Thanks Mitch! how did it go?

    – Ellen Keagy

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 3 years ago

    One of my most disliked argg hated part of art., you can look at some artists www and see what they say. basically it’s what you feel /do about yourself and or your art. these days some are written in incredibly un-understandable [is that a word? Lol ] …weasel words , I can’t fathom anything they are saying. Daughter who is attending Uni as a mature age student says they are ’somehow ’taught it. to keep others mystified [we think ] good luck!

  • Hi Virginia,
    giggles……‘mystified’ makes sense..

    This gives me a good starting point, Thanks so very much!
    Ellen

    – Ellen Keagy

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    That was hard for me to do at first, too, and when I was younger would’ve been just about impossible to describe in words anything about what I do or why. It helped to just start writing without concern for length, clarity, etc, and then later I picked out the best parts and condensed them. I have a long and a short version. Most people just want a short version, even one page. Some want something more like a resume w/your history of shows, education, etc. Others want something written more from the heart about what drives you. You will probably have a couple of versions and you can copy and paste from them, update them, etc. Getting started is the hard part, after that what to say seems to flow easier. If you are totally unsure how to describe your work or what inspires you, get some feedback from other artists.

  • Oh yes, so don’t try to delete my thoughts before I put them down, so awesome! Condense..ty! Ok, from the heart it shall be!

    Thanks so very much Cindy!

    – Ellen Keagy

  • sentimentum
    sentimentumover 1 year ago

    Hi Elllen, sorry to let you know this .. Mitch is no longer with us LINK

  • Oh I am so sorry…

    – Ellen Keagy