on daffodils, artist statements, and taking a break

English field of daffodils from Big Picture.com

I’m taking a break from reading student artist statements and journals. One of my GTA responsibilities is to work as a writing instructor for a senior seminar in the VCU Sculpture and Extended Media department. I really enjoy working on these, but giving feedback also takes a long time. My job is to help them write about their art in a way that will make other people want to see their art. In many ways, the goal in an artist statement is to tease out the most authentic statements they can make about their work, often giving it a narrative thread or cohesion so that grant-makers and scholarship committees and galleries will see their potential as artists and give them a chance. Wish that artists / scholars / writers were valued as highly as bankers and lawyers in our economy.

One of my favorite ways to take a break is to listen to the radio program Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, streaming through my computer. They do news the way I prefer to get my news, with a dose of humor. Outside my window – it’s finally spring.


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