If you’re an artist who doesn’t know how to properly write your Artist’s Statement you’re not alone. When artists contact me for a consultation that’s one of the first projects on their wish list for me to help them with. In another article I wrote How to Write your Artist’s Statement that includes 28 guidelines to walk you through the process. In this article I mention some of the most common mistakes to avoid when writing your Artist’s Statement.
This article contains excerpts from my e-Book “How To Write Your Artist’s Statement”.
• Avoid misspelled words and grammatical errors.
• Avoid being pompous, overly technical and complicated. The reader of your statement is often a person who didn’t get a degree in art history or has never tried to do what you are doing as an artist.
• Avoid superficial statements, such as “I paint because I have to” or “I pour my soul into each piece.”
• Avoid uncertainty and self-doubt statements such as “I have been trying to…” or “I’ve never been able to…” and replace those words with a more positive approach such as, “My purpose is…” or “I achieve…” or “My desire is to…”
• Avoid grandiose expressions, such as: “My art heals humanity” or “I receive my messages from God”. These statements may be very true to you but they may be meaningless to others and might turn them away.
• Avoid the repetition of words, phrases and concepts. Expand your choice of synonyms. Refer to a thesaurus: thesaurus.com
• Avoid forcing to write when you aren’t in the proper frame of mind.
• Avoid the use of jargon and clichés.
• Avoid beginning every sentence with “I”.
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