Artist Statement

How to Write an Artist’s Statement

Must make a new statement for each assignment and/or body of work.

Your artist’s statement should help potential buyers, students, or employers to understand what you believe to be the most important aspects of your art and the techniques you use to make it. The statement should summarize these things in as few words as possible, preferably short ones, and not be a lengthy dissertation on your place in the future history of art. One half to a full page should do it. Don’t expect to come up with the statement in one sitting. The time you spend in developing a worthwhile statement is invaluable in helping you define your art for yourself. You may not have given this much thought before.

We will use the DAIJ format to write about all artwork created this academic year. The DAIJ format states for Describe, Analyze, Interpret, and Judgment. This four paragraph statement should be no more than a page and should have at least 3-4 complete sentences for each section.

How to Evaluate Art Work

Physical Description (what do you see? What is the details in the artwork, photo or video)

Analysis: Write at least two elements of art and two principles of design that you see and how they are being used? How are the things you described relate to each other? How are the things you described working (or not working) together?

Elements: line, form, shape, texture, color, space, value
Principles: balance, emphasis, pattern, movement, rhythm, contrast, unity

Interpretation: What is the artist trying to communicate? Explain your concept. How does it make you feel? What does this work make you think of?

Judgment: Do you like it or not and why? Explain successes and challenges you had with this artwork.