Monday, 19 October 2009

Artists statement

I have been struggling for the past week to redo my Artists statement.This has been mainly spurred on for an exhibition that I am participating in and the brochure for it needs all the artists exhibiting to provide a statement in 180 words. It has been something that I have needed to do for ages and i guess its something that will need doing again,its not I thought that I cherish.Having said that I do think that some kind of info regarding work is important.I certainly wouldn't want anyone to think that I go mindlessly folding and cutting up books just to be shocking or gimmicky.I found myself writing all weekend and it is surprisingly difficult to condense everything that interests me and inspires me regarding my work into only 180 words that doesn't make me sound pretentious or make me cringe.
I have done it though and it sounds a bit pretentious and the word "juxtaposed" that gets used make me cringe a little but I haven't found a better word yet given the context. Generally I am pleased that I have redone it and hopefully wont need to do it again for a little while,I shall have to re evaluate my statement more often though as it has made me re-evaluate my work and made me think of why I am doing the work I do.
Here it is,comments/suggestions on grammer,spelling etc welcome!

"My work has developed from my love of Sculpture, textiles and Artists Books (the book as an art form in its own right). I am inspired by geometry, growth patterns in nature and repetitive structures and processes. I like to produce work that is small, tactile and portable which is why much of my work is wearable.

Paper and especially books may not seem like the obvious choice as a material for jewellery or sculpture. I am interested in exploring the experience and structure of the book alongside the aspects of the fragility and transience of the material they are made from, juxtaposed against the longevity and value of the content recorded in them. I am interested in exploring the idea that these qualities reflect some aspects of being human. I am also attempting to question the nature of `value` in the society we live in and to remember that the end of the book isn’t necessarily the end of the story."
Liz Hamman
October 18 2009

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