This fearful situation was inevitable.
To date my favorite artist's statement was penned by Krista Wells:
I hate brussel sprouts.
I make neat stuff.
Facebook friends were wonderful when I sent a grumpy pre-writing post bemoaning my status. Cindy Mersky directed me to a well named website at Artybollocks where you can generate hilariously overblown artists statements for t-shirts. Christine Dumont directed me to a terrific post on How to Write an Artists Statement that Doesn't Suck. This was much appreciated as I debated how many adjectives to include or delete.
I find it enormously difficult to take something like art making which to me is like breathing or eating- a basic reflex, and devise a complicated explanation explaining why I do it. I decided to use the basic rule suggested for anyone facing a writing project- write what you know. My work does not have an intent to prophesise doom or "juxtapose latent considerations of the differentations between inverted reflective philosophies of benign consciousness or any other indecipherable intent. It explores texture, simple forms and connections in construction. It is influenced by my environment in its components and theme. If people say it makes them feel happy then all is well. If they say they could make something similar- let them try. I do admit that lately I've been trying very hard to make pieces that won't be called whimsical or much worse- cute. Absolutely foremost in my objective was to avoid being pretentious or attempt to make my work appear to be designed to have any earth shattering philosophy behind it. If someone thinks it does they can tell me all about it!
' My favourite artists statements included a consideration of their life experience and made associations from childhood up to the present and I decided to use that opening format My friend Georgia Ferrell stepped up as a real time editor via skype and gave feedback as I worked. Here are some of the the suggestions that she gave that made me appreciate her help-and humour!
"you don't really want to sound like you should have been a psychologist
or a Jungian
maybe you do..."
just remember it isn't what you know you mean, but what the reader understands"
|Iggy and I|
What a good way to end the year!
Stay tuned for the final reveal and-
I wish you all a VERY HAPPY 2013!!!!