Monday, January 14, 2008

Fiction and fantasy...

I am procrastinating. Today I have to send my artists statement to the gallery that is hosting the exhibit I'll be in next month. I hate writing artist statements! I mean, what other profession requires you to, on a fairly regular basis, write a statement to explain what you do and why you do it????!!! Does my pharmacist have to hang a statement next to his work that says, "I became a pharmacist because as a child I thought the little colored balls in bottles in my grandmother's medicine chest were fascinating"? No, other professionals have licenses. Well. I could live with that. I could take a test every ten years, and carry around a little piece of laminated paper to prove that I passed it. And not have to write artist statements.


So I made a couple of artist's statements in my journal this morning. Which one shall I turn in?

6 comments:

lorrie said...

i see you are wearing your new shoes in the first! ;)

K Spoering said...

Of course! My artist shoes! They make a statement, too, don't they?

Merna said...

You're on to something, Kathy! That artist's license is a keeper.

Woudn't it be more fun for viewers too if artists really wrote statements like yours?

callybooker said...

I think your statements are great. I would like to see signs up in every place of work: "I became a dry cleaner because I like the smell of mothballs"; "I became a teacher because I my feet were to large to be a ballerina"...

Anonymous said...

Oh Kathy you have made my day! I absolutely agree about artist statements....I have just been refurbishing my CV for the coming year, but thankfully no artist statement....
Pam in wet, hot, mildewy Queensland.

K Spoering said...

Cally, wouldn't that be a hoot? A bit more than most folks would put up with, though, so why do we?
Good luck with the CV, Pam. Must do that myself, too, soon.
Merna, I am tempted to adopt these as my 'official' artist statements! I think they're much funner than the one I submitted to the gallery today. Oh well!