Doing the exercises for writing the artist's statement in the book "I'd rather be in the studio" helped me validate where I was going with my art. Before I relied on instinct alone but after the exercises I knew on a conscious level what I was doing.
It was such a positive experience that I opted to work with Alyson Stanfield directly. Our goal was to see if we could make a statement that would make connection easier for viewers. Her collaboration got me through barriers I wouldn't have been able to get through on my own.If you'd like to get help with your artist's statement, check out her resources.
Here's the results:
"My paintings are journeys through an internal landscape. The seemingly disparate elements—trees, textured surface, and abstract symbols—result in tension, but are props to guide you on your own journey, which is personal and constantly changing.
The line of three small circles or squares symbolizes the journey itself. The first shape represents the start of the journey, the middle is the current reality, and the third is the resolution or the destination. A realistic landscape is juxtaposed against these shapes to encourage meditation on the spiritual and the physical.
Trees are symbols of the journey’s destination—whatever that may be. They offer sanctuary. Trees have a complex root system that keeps them nourished and grounded, and yet their branches extend. Trees represent growth and are a celebration of arriving at harmony.
The paintings’ surfaces are battered rather than smooth and glossy. These opposing textures are reminders that when we have arrived or are Home, we are grateful for the experience of the journey even though it was full of bumps and roadblocks."