Artist statement needs a review!
I hope I posted this in the right thread- if not, it would be great if someone could give me some direction! This is my first post on this site.
Anyways, I'm a 17 year old high school senior. I'm entering the scholastic art and writing awards contest, and an artist statement is required. I don't want to bomb it, but I've never written one before. If anyone has the time to read over it and give me an opinion or some guidance, I'd really appreciate it!
When I create a piece of artwork, I don't just make something that looks nice. I set out to express the thousands of stories that dwell within my mind, and to convey their intricate plots and details visually. Everybody creates plot lines in their heads out of everyday situations, even if they do it subconsciously. To me, an assumption, a "What if" or even a fear is a story in itself. people are constantly taking things that happen in their lives and mentally twisting them, making variations of things that could happen or be true. I take my own random inquisitions and impressions and make them into something more. Simply asking myself "What if" can give me an open spectrum of ideas and possibilities regarding a single situation. That's how I come up with the ideas for my work- I catch my own subconcious foresight and stretch it into something dramatic and beautiful.
I wonder if she's a city girl or a country girl? What if human hair was connected in one solid sheet? What would it look like if I put my face into one of the fish tanks at the pet store and opened my eyes? Along with most artists, I see the world in a different way. These thoughts become images in my head, and I'm overcome with the need to make it into something more. The fact that simple thoughts which come and go in less than a second can become something that makes such an impression excites me.
When it comes to the process of creating my work, I find peace and enjoyment in challenging myself to fit in as many details as I possibly can. Sculpting a two-dimensional image with any medium to make it appear three-dimensional is fascinating an exciting to me. With these two qualities, I've found my calling in photographic realism, with a particular fondness for scratchboards. The feeling of scratching the surface makes me feel more physically involved with my work than any other medium, and the potential for thin precision in each line is like poetry.
It pleases me when people are able to look into the images from my mind and come up with their own interpretations. I don't like to make the theme of my pieces too clear- I want them to invoke the "What if's" in the imaginations of the viewers.