Artist Research & Artist Statement

For this project, you will conduct research on how creative professionals in your field
present themselves, hence come up with a written description of your work. After
completing this project, you will be able to:
● Understand sources of inspiration for your work, hence gain better awareness
of your creative direction.
● Have a basic approach to effectively communicate your work for galleries,
press mentions, portfolios, applications and submissions.
Your final work must include the following elements:
1. Artist Research: Written descriptions of three creative professionals in your
field and their projects. Each description, including images, should be no
longer than 1 page. Focus on elaborating their style, what makes their works
inspiring to you, the influence on their creative directions.
2. Artist Statement: An introduction to your work that is up to one full page.
There is no structure that you need to strictly follow as long as it ensures
effective communication. Below is one recommended approach:
a. Open with a one to three sentence overview of your work(s)’ basic
ideas.
b. Go into details about how you present those ideas in the work.
c. If your statement is intended to be a full-page statement, include some
of the following points:
 Why you have created the work and its history.
 Your overall vision.
 What you expect from your audience and how they will react.
 How your current work relates to your previous work.
 Where your work fits in with current contemporary art.
 How your work fits in with the history of art practice.
 How your work fits into a group exhibition, or a series of projects
you have done.
 Sources and inspiration for your images.
 Artists you have been influenced by or how your work relates to
other artists’ work. Other influences.
 How this work fits into a series or longer body of work.
 How a certain technique is important to the work.
 Your philosophy of art making or of the work’s origin.
d. End with a paragraph that recapitulates the most important points in
the statement.

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