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Artist Statements, What They Are & Why I Love Them.

Did you know that artists can have statements introducing their work to the world?  I must admit that I wasn’t aware of this or had any experience of it until I was asked to create one.  It’s a brilliant idea and I love producing one.

I have found art and the various different styles and techniques fascinating over the past 10 years.  I mean, I heard that there were different styles in school but I hadn’t really bothered looking at them or learning anything about them.  

When I moved to Scotland and met my future husband, one of our first dates was at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum.  In fact, it was meant to be our very first actual date but unfortunately I wasn’t well enough to go.  However, we finally managed to go and saw the Salvador Dali, Christ of St John on the Cross while it was hanging there.

So my interest in art really grew once we had been to the art gallery.  And when I was asked to create an artist statement my curiosity was piqued.  What on earth was an “artist statement” when it was at home and what style of art did this particular artist create?

I discovered that artist statements basically inform you about the artist and the kind of work they create.  Now, for me and the copywriting I do, I needed to know exactly what the artist sounded like.  If I can hear this, it really helps me to be able to write as though the person I have spoken to is doing the writing.

She was a lovely lady and was great at giving me all the information I needed.  This gave me the ability to be able to express what she wanted clearly and concisely.  Then I needed to have some days to think about it.  The weird thing to me is that when I have an idea of what I want to write I have to muse on it for some time before I can actually do so.

I don’t know if you ever have apprehension about whether your client will like what you do.  I certainly do about my writing.  I know what I do and love my work.  However, I find before I show it to the client, I get really nervous.  However, I had no need to worry.  

The amazing part of my job is what happened next.  It is the look on people’s faces when they understand that you REALLY get them.  That you have produced work that goes beyond what they had anticipated.  Even now I just have to think about her and I can see the look on her face.  It is the best thing EVER!

So, if you are an artist that wants your statement updated, send me a message on anika@emotive-echoes.com

Until next time…

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