The Yellow Studio...Artist Statements.
I am about to sit down and write an “artists statement’ (gallery requirement) to accompany one of my works chosen for an upcoming exhibition. I am a visual artist. I choose to communicate my response to the world around me through images. I choose to cover paper with ink, marks, lines and dots etc. For me they do the talking. I do not care nor do I believe I should also explain my response to the world with words to go next to the image in a exhibition. If I wanted to write about the world I would have been an author.
But grudgingly I have looked at other artists statements in an attempt to educate myself in the process and It seems to me they do little (unless you are in the art club) to clarify what an artist is doing. I can not see how statements like “my artistic practice is trans disciplinary and traverse mediums and forms in an attempt to queer normative modes of visuality” make a painting, drawing, print or sculpture any easier to understand.
I have always considered the major part of the joy of viewing visual art is taking the journey to explore the clues the artist has presented to tell his/her story. I also accept that the finished artwork has or should have an independent life beyond the artist and that its meaning is contextual and largely created by the viewer.
So to my statement…..
Four days at Hardwicke Bay. Etching.
Worth a thousand words I think.