Write your own artist's statementI'm a big fan of the arts, especially in my hometown, Indianapolis. And whenever I go to see different art shows and exhibits, I always take the time to read the artist's statement. I know some artists struggle with writing their artist's vision statement, so here is a helpful template to help any artist come up with one they can use at their coming shows.
My name is __________ (my real name / a nom de guerre / something I saw on a label in an Asian food market), and I __________ (am an emerging artist / am an artist with many a year's journey / found a brush and a can of paint last week). I ___________ (create / give birth to / slop together) my art in order to ___________ (engage / inspire / cause vomiting in) the __________ (observer / community / homeless guy outside my studio). The underlying theme of my life's work has been inspired by __________ (the light of our souls / man's inhumanity to man / come on, does anyone really say 'man's inhumanity to man' anymore?).
I ____________ (paint / sculpt / draw / pile crap on top of other crap) for __________(clients / art aficionados / soulless yuppies who buy art to show off their status) so they can __________ (admire and appreciate it / consider their place in the universe / give me a shitload of money). In return, I use my __________ (artist's vision / soul's eye / ability to run a good scam) to __________ (find the beauty in the world / tell the world's stories / get a shitload of money from stupid yuppies). As a __________ (traditional artist / mixed-media artist / bullshit artist), I seek my inspiration by (watching the world around me / listening to the voice of God within my soul / going through the homeless guy's duffel bag when he's passed out).
I believe people have __________ (a spark of genius / a streak of creativity / a startling willingness to buy anything) that can be harnessed to let the world __________ (hear our creative voice / share our stories / give me a shitload of money).
In the future, my goal is to __________ (explore a new theme of global issues / experiment with different media / see if I can find some schmuck to buy a canvas made with newspaper, heavy-duty polyurethane, and the homeless guy's toenail clippings). As you admire these works, be sure to open your __________ (mind to the world's voice / heart to a new experience / wallet).
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