In our discussion Tuesday involving artist statements, I was interested in hearing from the artists themselves and how they explained their own art mediums. The variations ranging from photography and printmaking to using fleece make each of these artworks as unique as the person creating them. It was intriguing for me to be surrounded by many others who live and breathe art as they do. The energy was almost tangible. Bouncing ideas off of each other between their statements and our responses, I felt like it helped me cultivate a deeper appreciation not just for art but for those who bring the art to life. Hours and hours of work which go into every aspect of the process bring forth a piece of themselves which is then displayed in front of everyone.
Along with the students, I also enjoyed getting to hear some helpful tips given by Sterling. He seems to be very informative and helpful to students who are trying to understand just how to write an artist statement. Learning for instance that jargon, which we covered last class, can sometimes come off as “opaque and impenetrable crap” helped me relate to some issues I’ve been having with some of the readings. I also admired when he simply said that if your work cannot communicate without using words, something is wrong. It made sense when we were going over the common mistakes of artist statements list. It helped put a fine point on the fact that when writing or reviewing an artist statement, one must use specificity to get the point across to the other person.
All in all I think it was a very enlightening class to come to. I truly enjoyed walking into an unfamiliar space as two classes came together as one to break bread and allow ourselves to open up to new acquaintances.