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How to Write a Good Artist Statement So That Critics and Curators Pay Attention To Your Work

Posted by on August 29, 2018 | Education

Ron Jude, Lava Tube Detail. From 12 Hz., 2017, 42 x 31.5-inches, Archival pigment print on fiber paper mounted to DiBond, Courtesy Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

It can feel almost punishing to write an artist statement about your own work. After all, you just spent so much time formulating the images, and then making them come to life. Shouldn’t someone else, someone who is a professional writer, put it all into words?

The truth is, no one can describe your work better than you can. And a good artist statement can make a huge difference in the reception of your work. Too complicated and convoluted, and an audience’s eyes will glaze over. Poorly written, and they won’t take it seriously.

In an August, 2017 article for PDN entitled “Conquering the Dreaded Artist Statement: Expert Advice for Writing about Art Photography,” photographer Ron Jude, who teaches at University of Oregon, gives sage advice for writing a good — if not great — artist statement.

Jude’s suggestions include jotting down your thoughts about your work in the midst of creating it, and providing basic context for the work in the final statement.

To read more of his advice, and to read examples of successful artist statements, read the original article in PDN, or the summary about it on PDN Pulse.

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