My regular readers know I think the most appropriate statement is a nifty, brief, thought provoking title. Very occasionally though, one of mine (Wedding Quilt, from Colour Memories gallery, or the Ebb&Flow gallery’s “Maelstrom”) will have a particular statement/story alongside the full image; but I prefer not to say too much so viewers individually perceive and interpret my work. Anyway, that’s one kind of statement, the brief, minimalist one.
The other kind of statement is a general one, part relevant biographical information and part insight into inspiration behind designs and use of particular materials and techniques. What can be tricky, however, is how much to say, what to include and leave out, whether to write in the first person (my preference) or the third person which feels formal and starchy to me since I am pretty casual – you can tell by the way I write! And, then too, the purpose of the statement is highly relevant: will it go on a didactic panel in an exhibition, and is that group or solo? Will it go in some catalogue? Will this statement be part of a submission of some kind, and if so, who will read it? Is it to be an intro to my website or blog for example? Or is it one people can find up online if they google me – and there’s a bag of worms for sure.
Right now I am tweaking a version of my general artist statement to include in an online exhibition of my work as a featured PAM (professional artist member) of Studio Art Quilt Associates I’ll post when my month comes up as I don’t know which it is, yet. Every day it seems, I have to do something of this nature related to exhibiting , teaching or publishing quilt-related activity and frequently marvel at how relatively easy all this is with computers.
Just the other day some event organisers in Brasil wanted photos of works my students would be making at the Patchwork and Quilting Festival, Buenos Aires March 2010 for their promotional material.