(1) Describing: what you see
(2) Analyzing: the relationships between what you saw
(3) Interpreting: the meaning of the work
(4) Evaluating: or making a personal judgment about the quality and worth of the art.
Use complete sentences to analyze the artist’s use of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design within the work. (You are the art detective taking your clues from describing and seeing how they work together using the elements and principles of art.)
Use complete sentences to interpret what you have already discovered about the work in the first two steps. Develop a good guess about the meaning of the work. An interpretation explains what you have already observed and analyzed. You will use your knowledge of art and life to produce your best guess as to the interpretation of the artwork.
You will look at the emotions, content, symbols, and allegories to arrive at the best possible message or meaning of the work
An artist’s statement, is a short paragraph with the basic explanation or conceptual message of a work of art.
An artist’s statement is an artist’s written description of their work. The brief verbal representation is for, and in support of, their own work to give the viewer understanding.
How to write an Artist Statement
The ‘How’ refers to how you created your works. Many visitors are interested in knowing about your artistic process. Describe your works; what colors do you use, do you make large marks or small marks, or do you use blending so there are no visible marks at all? If you’re a photographer, what kind of tools are integral to your process?
Are your paintings abstract? Portraits? Do you take photos of landscapes? What is your imagery? When people describe what you make, what do they say? Describe the content of your works in a general way to flow from how you work to what you make.
Why do you make what you make? What does your life say about your work and your work say about your life? What symbols do you use and why? Explain the influences behind the meanings of your works.