Don't Call Me an Artist

10May/100

Playing God – Artist Statement

Image courtesy of LucasTheExperience

So, after about 5 hours of rewriting and slamming my head against the kitchen table, this is my very first artist statement:

I'm constantly fascinated by evolution, biology, sociology, and the intersection of all three. For me, creating art is a way to use sight to explore often complex thoughts relating to these fields. I strive to create works that are visually interesting, as well as abstract enough to allow viewers to instill their own emotions and opinions into them, thereby creating a wholly unique and personal experience.

I very much enjoy injecting a bit of chaos into my work, allowing myself to be surprised by the finished piece. To that extent I often limit what choices I make regarding a work. For instance, I may select an initial color palette, but forfeit strict control over composition. I prefer using acrylic paints for their versatile nature, sculptural qualities, and quick drying time. Much of my work makes heavy use of layering techniques, transparency, and a fluid aesthetic which is the result of playing with material viscosities.

For this latest series, 'Playing God', I strove to create a discourse between the opposing but similar forces of creation and destruction. The visual style of these works came from my experimentation with the interactions between diluted acrylic paints and water-soluble wood finish. The liquid nature of these materials and their aptitude to continue to mix and flow upon the canvas after application means that the final piece is starkly different from my original composition. A progression free of my influence obscures my hand as artist, creator, and in this microcosm, the divine. Although these forms are born of my intentions, their final incarnations reflect an organic progression unique to the place and time of their creation. The ambient temperature, amount of wind, exposure to sun, and even gravitational pull of the earth affected their forms, creating something otherwise impossible to replicate through traditional painting techniques.

So? What do you think?

You can check out the series here: www.jacksoncrusoe.com

The article from ArtBusiness.com, entitled 'Your Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable' was especially helpful, as were the following guidelines from MollyGordon.com:

First paragraph. Begin with a simple statement of why you do the work you do. Support that statement, telling the reader more about your goals and aspirations.

Second paragraph. Tell the reader how you make decisions in the course of your work. How and why do you select materials, techniques, themes? Keep it simple and tell the truth.

Third paragraph. Tell the reader a little more about your current work. How it grew out of prior work or life experiences. What are you exploring, attempting, challenging by doing this work.

I'm not really sure how good my statement is, (I'll find out when I start submitting!) but hopefully it can be useful as an example (good or bad), and I hope the above resources help anyone who's struggling to write one of these. I put mine off for at least a week or two!

-J

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