Based on your artist statement, you should prepare a short presentation.
An artist statement is often a requirement for exhibitions, professional representation, promotion, and requests for financial support.
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Things to consider when writing your artist statement:
- Focus on articulating your vision.
- Don’t make excuses or apologize for your work. Don’t dwell on personal situations or trauma. Add comments that clarify and support your work.
- Possible topics to include in the artist statement:
- What is your intention as an artist?
- What is your method of execution – does it differ in individual works or are your works series-oriented?
- What is the content (meaning) of your work?
- Do you cover multiple topics or focus on specific images?
- Are your works realistic, abstract, or symbolic?
- Comment on your composition or imaging process.
- Which formal elements and principles are used?
- What remarkable formal techniques are used in their work; regarding line, shape, texture, value, color?
- Does your work use unusual qualities in terms of format, techniques, etc.?
- What does your art mean to you, without being tacky?
- Has your experience in a support course enhanced your efforts in your key area of focus? (i.e. certain drawing tasks that suggest a direction in painting?)
His work questions how people look while allowing viewers to experience an act of discovery. Through this questioning and excavating, I bring forth a critical discussion of the illusion of perception – how we see, what we see, and what these resulting observations and judgments mean in the contemporary landscape.
My goal is to help viewers deal with their preconceived notions about social norms and symbols, and encourage them to dig into their subconscious to participate in my visual storytelling. By questioning the stereotypes that exist in society, my work lends a deviant voice to this structure and helps expose its potentially dangerous ramifications.
In my practice, I use a variety of tactics, including humor, meditative spaces, cryptic approaches, and product-based solutions to social criticism, to create an escape and/or provide alternatives to the consumer. I am particularly focused on gender and mental health policies and explore how graphic design can be ethically impactful and revealing.
Polished pattern and design, along with appropriate imagery, help define the aesthetic of my work. Collage is part of my daily workflow, a technique I use often; because I allow materials to achieve something that goes beyond or conflicts with their original graphic design context, I provide an opportunity to combat the stereotypes and symbols to which they were previously attached. In selecting these materials, I am both curator and creator – roles that guide me in visualizing my practice and its future.
Using a collage-based process, I start getting my creative and other projected material analogously. I am actively working on these designed relics and deconstructing them to blaze a new path of meaning. Later, I digitize these pieces, allowing for the repetition of elements (often in the form of patterns) and elegantly designed end products that breathe new life into the traditional consumer-oriented design.
With an active freelance design career alongside my practice, I look to artists like Alexander McQueen and Andy Warhol who have successfully combined commercial design and political commentary. While Judith Butler’s theory of gender performatives has had a major impact on my work, I am equally influenced by everyday events and observations, human interactions, and news sources. My practice evolves as the world does – as new injustices arise and new opportunities for change arise, I explore inventive ways to make an impact.
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