For the past month I have been chipping away at writing my very first Artist Statement. It’s a wonderful process because essentially I get to brag about the best part of me! On the flip-side, it means I have to write about myself which is not really my strongest point. I can write about many different topics and do it very creatively. I can ponder (sometimes endlessly) the state of the human condition in American and in the world. When I sit down to talk about myself there are all sorts of things to consider. Some of those things will forever remain in the proverbial vault. Other items are very delicate and need a special audience. The biggest reason I find it challenging to write about myself is because I haven’t done anything so worthy of being written about.
When I think about writing an Artist Statement I only have one accomplishment under my belt and that’s my poetry being included in an anthology this past fall of 2015. I searched the internet for some samples of Artist Statements and found a few that were nicely written. One blog page had some very encouraging bullet points on writing an Artist Statement. I have my statement completed and (thankfully) I will get to have it work shopped in my advanced creative writing class this evening.
The funny thing about this situation is…I have always been able to write, describe, dismantle, and deconstruct everyday life. Who would have thought that an Artist Statement would be the knockout punch that would slam into my face, pushing me off balance, and leave me groveling on the floor…me—a poet!