About a month ago I re-wrote my artist statement, which spiraled into a personal journey of me asking myself once again what I was trying to accomplish with my art. I know as artists we are often asked what inspires us, and as easy as it is for me to express myself with paint, it is equally as hard for me to articulate that same thought with words. I think this is why art is such an important modality in learning.
Can you articulate in one paragraph why you make art? (please share if you can)
I tried to articulate... but as often as I sign onto my computer, it seems I am editing!
"Every season in nature has a unique color palette, energized and transformed by the endless cycle of rebirth. I walk through the woods and feel secure in the arms of Mother Nature, cushioned by her earth tones, viewing what was once a budding branch, now a full-bodied tree. The waves and currents change along the coast, and I am in awe of their movement. Nothing stays the same and the cycle never ends."
This paragraph is a summary and a starting point to help you understand what inspires me. I continue to explain in more detail the processes I use with each body of work featured on my website.
It is easy enough to search out other artist statements online. I find some artists to be so technical I am easily confused about what they are trying to explain, and other artists so vague I feel lost. Because I am applying for an artist membership at The Copley Society I have been forced to review what it is I am doing, and why. The one thing I am clear about is my love of the land, the changing seasons, and the life force that exists.
*if you want to read the rest of my artist statement visit "About the Artist"