We had a workshop presented by Sean and Paul which focused on writing an artist statement. After being presented with real working artist statements, we were able to see different ways we could form our own statement.
We began by taking notes of a partners’ practice. For Melissa, I had written:
Elements of humour,
ridiculousness of everyday life, everyday objects, ‘junk’
Intention: confused and intrigued
absurdity, confrontation, challenging
objects that are everywhere, discareded stones and rubble, Greece, importance of found objects, too important to be forgotten, sentimentality, cheap materials (we love a what shop queen)
why do I use these materials? Relationship with cheap things, what’s ‘important’, highly skilled, what defines value
Mainly sculpture and installation,
Considering what I had seen from previous students’ statements, I had decided to keep this fairly short, summing up the purpose behind her work.
My statement for Melissa:
The mundanity and repetitive structure of everyday life often stops us from truly seeing the artistic power of a simple, common object. Through sculpture, my work explores the ways in which we view the things around us every day, using found objects, and currently, more skilled practices, such as stone carving. A recent trip to Greece has piqued my interest in artefacts, being surrounded by evidence and ruins of a rich history. In my work, I aim to push the limits of what we deem ‘materials’, and to confuse and intrigue the audience with what they see at surface level every day.
Melissa’s statement for myself:
In an attempt to try to understand her unconscious mind, she draws on sub-cultures around her, archieved footage and everyday life, trying to piece together the ways in which they effect her. The material form of her work is constantly changing as it reflects the ups and downs of her mind. As she comes to terms with her emotions, she uses her creations as a coping mechanism. Her work ranges from painting, drawing, print and film
There were a few differences in this to how I would have written it, however that gave me an outside perspective of how I explained my work and how it was received. This in turn made me think more cautiously and independently about myself.
My own statement:
As I attempt to uncover and decipher my thoughts, I create work as both a coping mechanism, and a tool to understand myself better. Using a mixture of found archive footage, collage, painting and drawing, I piece together my thoughts, dreams and interests in a way which reflects my constantly changing mood and frame of mind.
I believe I could expand on this and explain in greater detail, the premise of my work.