I feel like I've been working on my artist's statement forever.
But that's ok, because it feels like a very important key to better understand where I am going with my artwork, and how the different strands relate to each other.
To clarify my ideas, I've followed all the exercises out there (including my own).
I've written about:
I've answered potential viewer's questions about my technique and the materials I use:
Yet all the time a nagging little voice has been saying,
"You know, this is your left brain talking."
Nothing wrong with that, you might say, except that my art doesn't get made with my left brain.
What's more, every time my left brain tries to butt into the art-making process, I get confused and distanced from my own creative source.
So, after the last attempt at re-working my statement a few weeks ago, I let it be.
The blessing of Incubation
Then last week, in what felt like a completely unrelated act, I turned my attention to updating my social media profiles in a bid to get them working better for me as marketing tools.
This involved me writing what amounts to an elevator-length speech about who I am and why I do what I do.
After a few rewrites, I was reasonably happy with it and began to post it on a few of my profiles, thinking that - like the artist's statement - it was probably going to require ongoing tweaking.
Lo and behold, this morning in the studio, my subconscious joined a whole load of dots! (Did I ever tell you I get all my best ideas in the studio?)
I realised how much getting to the heart of my artist's statement might be bound up with my Life Purpose(s).
And how my Life's Purposes are what I have been trying to encapsulate in my social media profile.
Namely, empowering people to transform themselves - whether creatively through my artist-empowerment mentoring or physically through teaching yoga.
Bing! It all fell into place and goes something like this…(inevitable future tweaking not withstanding.)
My work is about personal personal transformation...about the part of ourselves that is constantly reaching out of the swamp and towards the light...about our desire to grow, extend & challenge ourselves and, ultimately, fly.
What hidden effect might they have on your creative work?
Do share in the comments.
Have you been able to define your Life's Purposes?