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Artist Statement Faux Pas

Artist Statement Faux Pas

Despite the awkward requests to ‘brag about yourself’, or ‘provide praise of your work’ that many artist statements require, the short document is a crucial part of your craft business and will be a quick way to get buyers interested in your tent at the Craft Fair. The task of describing your own work can make it difficult to not sound narcissistic or arrogant, and the struggle to capture all of the components of your craft into a simple statement is enough to make even the most experienced writer’s palms sweat. Though the perfect artist statement requires practice, here are some tips to try when writing.

1. Keep it Simple

Just like tag words on your blog or social media sites, specific key words can help capture the essence of your craft while keeping your statement short. However, long, bulky words are likely to disengage your reader.

Advice: Use a thesaurus to substitute accurate words for more readable and concise ones, or read it aloud and listen to if it sounds like a mouthful or not.

2. Don’t Forget the Personality

Something as personal, and meaningful as art can be difficult to describe in words. However, lack of emotion in an artist statement will separate the feeling of the art from the description of it. Use the artist statement as a way to communicate your vision.

Advice: Think of what you want people to get out of your work. Whether it’s a feeling, mood, or emotion, acknowledge it and write it down.

3. Confidence in Moderation

Though it’s important to convey your expertise, there’s a fine line between sounding informative and sounding over-confident.

Advice: Have another person (someone who will give you truthful advice) proof read your statement. Ask them what mood your artist statement conveyed to them. If it’s negative, try toning down.

4. Remember the Fundamentals

There’s a lot to keep in mind when writing something as daunting and important as an artist statement, but the details are crucial. Though you’re well aware of the color, medium, or theme of your work, your artist statement should still include the explicit aspects.

Advice: Create a checklist of simple facts about your work. As you write your artist statement, make sure you’re including all of the checklist items.

By avoiding these mistakes, you should be on your way to creating a well-crafted, and informative artist statement!

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