Artist statement

I want my artist statement to be creative and not cliche or boring so ive researched some good examples : https://www.theartleague.org/blog/2015/08/24/8-artist-statements-we-love/

Below is a relevant part of my profile portion from my CV :

I specialise in making wearable art and performing objects. Festivals and events are my passion and the focus for my art. My aim is to always engage and excite my audiences with my performance-based showcases. I thrive whilst working with mixed mediums in creative and innovative ways to produce dazzling performances.

This is an extremely straightforward matter of fact description of my practice. Necessary for a CV but i want to dig a little deeper into what drives my practice. To do this I asked myself a series of questions to pinpoint the nature of my practice. I then made a list of statements based on some of these questions:

My practice…..

  • will bring joy , happiness and laughter to its audiences. – spreading joy i feel is integral to my practice, watching how my work can make people beem during a performance is magical.
  • evoke bewilderment, surprise, shock and awe.
  • breaks 4th wall, is immersive and interactive in some way.
  • plays with the slight difference between happy and creepy. The uncanny effect a large scale object or a fully animated costume can have intrigues me. People either love it or hate it watching these reaction fuels my practice.
  • predominantly uses gesture and movement to communicate rather than speech. this lends itself to the previous statement. removing speech has an extremely interesting and uncanny effect on audiences. Being overly physical in performances in place of speech i’ve found encourages audiences to mimic these gestures and join into the performance more so.
  • Promotes positive messages eg. sustainability

New draft:

I specialise in wearable art and performing objects. Festivals and events are my passion and the focus for my art and are perfect for the immersive and interactive nature of my performances. My work is a seamless blend of the whimsical and uncanny. Watching these effects, that a large scale object or fully animated costume can have on an audience fuels my practice. My love for masks has developed since observing the effect they have on both the wearer and the viewer. Anonymity is a curious thing, with a dazzling effect. We don a mask and become invincible. We cover our face but naturally compensate with exaggerated gesture communicating meaning through movement and imagery. The mask conceals our physical identity, but masks aren’t deception, nor are they a normal truth. Instead they point to a surreal truth. Surreal truth is like the truth we find in dreams. Our dreams tell us something about our deepest feelings and philosophical interpretations. Masks give us a similar truth that the images in dreams do. I’ve used this theory as inspiration using imagery from my own dreams for the designs of this project, as an inward exploration of my subconscious. This project delves into this ability of the mask to explore our inner selves  and unapologetically, outwardly express true identity.

I like this but is it does it grab the reader enough? Here is the final draft:

Anonymity is a curious thing, with a dazzling effect. We don a mask and become invincible. We cover our face but naturally compensate with exaggerated gesture, communicating meaning through movement and imagery. My work is a seamless blend of the whimsical and uncanny. Watching these effects, that a large scale object or fully animated costume can have on an audience fuels my practice. Costume, performance  and puppetry  are my passion, and have long been the focus for my practice.  My love for masks has developed since observing the effect they have on both the wearer and the viewer. The mask conceals our physical identity, but masks aren’t deception, nor are they a normal truth. Instead they point to a surreal truth. Surreal truth is like the truth we find in dreams. Our dreams tell us something about our deepest feelings and philosophical interpretations. Masks give us a similar truth that the images in dreams do. I’ve used this theory as inspiration using imagery from my own dreams for the designs of this project, as an inward exploration of my subconscious. This project delves into this ability of the mask to explore our inner selves  and unapologetically, outwardly express true identity.

 

 

 

 

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