6/12/08

Lifelong Learning

I've always been open to learning new things but now and then I think I know it all and then get reminded that "it ain't so"! I ended up going to a workshop for writing artist's statements last night and was very pleasantly surprised. First of all, I've been writing artist statements for years (along with my bio and cv or exhibit list, whatever the galleries want) and pretty much thought I had it nailed. Even though I'm not that fond of artist statements and the like...I'm pretty much if the work doesn't sell itself then I don't want my words to sell it...and I think most artists feel that way but the "establishment" all want artist statements so there isn't much choice if you want to play their game.
But, as I said it was a most pleasant and interesting experience...I'm working on an artist statement I might actually like and I got to know some of the other folks in the class better(most of us knew each other by sight anyway just from being in the artistic community of a small town) and we ended up going a half hour over on a 4 hour workshop, which for some of us more mature folks, means a lot!

8 comments:

Pursuing Art... said...

Good for you to go to this workshop!

I think it's wonderful that you were pleasantly surprised and that you just might like your new artist statement! I'm glad it brought you new thoughts and a different perspective on this, and that you enjoyed your time! That makes it worthwhile. ;-)

beadbabe49 said...

hi lisa! yeah a nice surprise..;O

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

This workshop sounds right up my alley, I admit I'm totally not an artist statement kind of girl either, but I can learn! ;) ~Monica

KV said...

Ah, yes -- the artist's statement. Our photography major daughter muddled through that exercise for an entire semester in graduate school. Fortunately, she is more literate than most art majors and she finally came up with a great one!

Betcha yours is great, too . . .


Kathy V in NM

beadbabe49 said...

It was also a lot easier than you might think, monica...

yeah, there really isn't a way around it, kathy! and I'm still working on mine!

freebird said...

Guess you're not too old if you are still learning! (So I plan to keep learning forever, lol). An artist statement sounds like something where you have to brag about yourself or sell yourself and both of those are hard to do. It comes easy to do it for someone else but for yourself? Everyone in the class should have gotten partners since you pretty much knew each other some, and written one for the other!

Reminds me of when my husband was in the navy. They had to have written evaluations every so often. My husband would volunteer to write his own - he always sounded so good when he was done with them!

beadbabe49 said...

absolutely right, freebird! and he did have us paired up and asking each other questions which made it a lot easier to write. and it became more about authenticity than publicity, so we were more comfortable writing about ourselves that way.

LJ said...

BB - I'd love to see the statement when you're done. I go into a huge panic attack when I have to write one - or I blather on like a drunk & then (on lucky occasions)I delete it & have a drink.
I've seen statements that are articulate without being pretentious, but having to write the things is the worst!