Artist Statement Challenge

Have you ever tried to write a statement that tells others precisely who you are, what you are about, what inspires you, and other pertinent information? Have you ever tried to do it in 25 words or less?I have never written an artist statement because I really didn't have anything to say. I've read others and they just don't fit me or my personality. I practically choke when I or anybody else refers to me as an artist. I don't really feel like one. I guess life is too messy and busy to place a neat label on what it is that I am or what I do. I can barely say I'm an artist, let alone make an artist STATEMENT. HA! It makes me laugh to think about it.Imagine my chagrin when filling out an art show application and they wanted one of these things in 25 words or less. Any more than 25 words and the judges would only see the first 25 words of the statement. YIKES!I googled artist statements. I googled how to write an artist statement. However, every example I found was an entire paragraph (or 2 or 3!). I had to slash it to one or two sentences long! I did learn some important tips in all that googling and the most important thing is to be concise. That sounds obvious, but is more difficult in practice. Don't add a bunch of extra "flowery" stuff that isn't necessary. Another is to leave out the how you became an artist. You can include that information in a longer bio/profile if necessary. The information that should be included are the "what you do" and "what inspires you".It took me about 3 hours to write a 20 word statement. I got accepted into the show, but I don't know what the judges thought of it. It's not like they wrote a note to me saying "we accepted your artwork in spite of your statement". LOL!Here's the statement I finally came up with: "Transforming molten glass into unique wearable art, I use color, chemical reactions, and windows as inspiration for my lampwork beads."I now challenge my fellow artists to write a 25 word artist statement. Please share what you come up with so that maybe we can all learn together.


Lisa Atchison - Touch of Glass Designs

Jen, beautiful bracelet! I also struggled with the 25 word statement. The hardest part for me is the bio. Indiana Artisan has contracted a professional writer to write our bios, so that part is covered! (How cool is that?) I have a phone interview with her this Friday. They should be contacting you soon.


I'll work on my 25 word artists statement... I'm used to getting an entire page... I always run out of space when I leave comments on web sites.... Give me a couple of days!

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