Exercise 4 Writing an artist’s statement

Method used:

Looking at the guidelines on how to write an artists statement as shown on the Artquest website and provided as LINK 43

Read the advice and guidance: How to write about contemporary Art Artist’s statement (pdf provided)

The following notes are important for this statement as were copied from Link 43

  • What media do you work with? What interests you about work of this type?
  • Why do you work in this media? Is there a relationship between the media and the ideas that you work with?
  • What processes are involved in the work and how are they relevant to the ideas you are dealing with?
  • What themes, ideas and concerns does your work uniquely consider?
  • Are there any outside influences and ideas, perhaps from outside the arts, which have bearing on your work?
  • What ties your individual pieces of work together into a practice?
  • Are there any particular theories, artists or schools of thought relevant to your work?
  • Is there an ‘intention’ behind the work; what do you want the work to achieve?

I have been painting, drawing and making 3d sculptures as a way to look at natural form and gesture and develop ideas around exploring different materials. The fungal kingdom became a world in which to discover a vitality in living things. I started working in collaboration with an OCA textile student, who is also a member of the OCA EU student group. She was inspired during lockdown by the fungal world she discovered first in her own backyard and started making fungi like objects with natural and decaying materials, such as pastry dough, yeast and paper mache. By making and working with this natural form, ideas around connections, considering the other, and knowing interdependency came to the front. Objects made with paint, clay, and foam, took me to new ideas around experimenting with the materiality of forms and assemblages, by looking at how materials can flow into each other, lie on top of each other, sit next to each other as an object, I discovered it could be placed next to a painting or drawing. As my project developed and I read and researched more, as well as worked with my collaboration partner, my work became a reminder of fungi as collaborators and how I view relationships between things as well as that which I care and treasure and experience as important. We worked over a distance of around 12500 km and could only share work digitally. I learned from mycelium, fungi, trees and lichen which could become imprints, paintings and objects, that they became a sort of stand-in for connections and having a practice that sometimes seems disconnected and or lonely. I relied on reading and researching the work of other artists, searching for new materials, and allowing my imagination as a collaborator in this mostly unseen world. It made me think about ignorance, awareness, being visible, transparency, symbioses, and possibilities to materialise the invisible, as well as connections and possibilities to work in a world, which does not always imply physical nearness, but working in the digital space. It is a great reminder of my studies up to now.

Exercise 4.1. The Elevator Pitch

I am immediately aware that this is referring to voice, a type of talking, telling someone what I do – having something to say, not writing or sharing on social media. The most vivid is a bit of a stressed feeling of experiencing limited space and time. I feel stressed and almost claustrophobic to think of making this pitch!

What do I do and why do I do it

This is important and I realise it is an opportunity to say what I do, in different ways to different people. It is scary the realise that this also makes a long-lasting impression in terms of how I am seen by others, that first impression. I mostly tell people that I study Fine Arts. I should find the space to see that this pitch should mostly be about my WHY, but also be able to intrigue the listener to ask more about my work – to create interest in my work.

Experimenting and Reflection

I work with mixed media and do paintings and drawings with materials like charcoal, paint, clay, and ink and also like to make objects. My main ideas and concerns are about human and non-human interactions, currently, I work on a mushroom project which is very exciting and will lead to an online exhibition with fellow students.

When I paint, draw or make art, I like to think and explore; currently, I work on fungi and it reminds me of my connections and interdependence as a social being.

I currently study Fine arts and enjoy developing my artistic ideas with different materials, such as charcoal, paint and/or clay.

I am a mature Fine Arts student and love to explore different media. I work mostly with Charcoal, Oil Paint and Soft Pastels, and my work is about human and non-human interaction. I would also like to make more 3d sculptures, currently, I enjoy working with clay.

When I make art it is mostly because I am inquisitive and like to explore ideas and different media. I see this as my visual language which I am developing as a mature art student with OCA, London.

I study fine arts and have become comfortable sharing my work on Instagram. I write a blog and have a website, which shows mainly my work for the course, as well as my learning. My work is mostly explorative and I use different materials to make art.

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