A sample Artist’s Statement

7 09 2012

Today, because we could not discuss the ATC show this summer, we started our first draft of our Artist’s Statements. Just to give you a little food for thought, here’s an artist statement you can read to get the gears rolling.

“My photographic exploration of animal taxidermy has evolved from the examination of individual specimens (as portraits) to the discovery or placement of animals in unusual contexts. Although taxidermy is still in the forefront, the relationship between the animal and its environment plays a greater role, thus adding a level of mysterious narrative to each situation. The photogravure process transforms this photographic information to image-as-object and creates a dissonance far more pronounced than the artificiality of the taxidermy alone.

“Silent warbler” is from Locomotive Torpor, a suite which documents small, dried animal remains and presents them as fossil-like impressions using ink on paper. The attraction to these small creatures is greatly magnified by their individual animation. They seem active, gesturing, locomotive. The gestures or implied movement of each specimen contradicts their mummified state. The greatly enlarged scale allows the viewer to explore the minutiae of the usually unexamined detail. Each creature is presented on a sheet of heavy paper, hung from specimen pins through metal grommets. The images are imprinted into the fibers of the paper in ink by a photogravure plate to echo the fossil-like nature of the specimen.

The rich beauty of the historical photogravure process represents most of my other work and is a jumping off point for my book works, artistamps and many mixed media potentialities.”

-David Morrish from Art of the Photogravure

David Morrish was my Photography instructor at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s School of Fine Arts. I threw this in just to provide some more artist exposure.

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28 11 2012
Natalie

As an artist I am striving to express my personal preferences and references to my childhood. I had a tough childhood that was not always happy but the nice memories and the good feelings that I had now come through my art sometimes very apparent others more abstract. The connection may not be clearly connected because it might be a thought, dream or ideal I held dear as kid that may never be vocalized. For example I am city girl at heart and very feminine that comes through in my art work a lot. The feminine touches come be as simple as it not be stark and harsh. As for mediums I use I like lighter materials especially pen and ink. Mediums like acrylic I am not that good at it but it also doesn’t fit in with my artist style. I am trying to expand myself into further mediums expanding into oils and pastels. I always have a unique project that is completely mine in the form of crayon art where I melted crayons into a stacked piece. My art is a clear representation of what I’m made up of and where I will be heading.

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