Rework Your Artist Statement with 3 Answers

Aside from your contact list, your artist statement is your most useful marketing tool.

You will use language from your statement for wall labels, brochure text, website text, informal presentations, conversations and more.

The process of writing your statement – and it is a process – will help you gain clarity about your art. You should continually review and hone the language you use to talk or write about your art.

David Bender sculpture
©2010 David Bender, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Stainless steel, hardware, cast beeswax, cast paper, cherry, 48 x 80 x 2 inches (as a triptych).

Answering three basic questions will get you on track for a stronger artist statement.

  1. What do you want people to see in your work?
  2. What is a distinguishing characteristic of your art?
  3. Based on your conversations, what do people find delightful or surprising about your art?

Need more guidance?

I cover artist statements and other presentation material in depth in Magnetic You, an online course to help you become more attractive to buyers and collectors.



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14 thoughts on “Rework Your Artist Statement with 3 Answers”

  1. I like that Alyson, simple and to the point. I’m going to use these three questions to rework my statement. It needs some more depth to it and this is the perfect solution!

  2. I’ve said it “I love color” but based on your comments I realize that I have to go much further to communicate my ideas. Thanks for the bang on the head!

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    1. Kathleen: I’m glad you found this post helpful. Keep thinking and keep talking and writing about your art.

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