Chris, Week 4, Personal Artist Statement (2.0)

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I have always struggled with the artist statement as a block of grammatically perfected writing. I understand the ability to articulate my ideas, practices, and inspirations are vital to my existence in the art community as it is today. My goal with this exercise is to begin to play with the format in which I write this content and to develop a new format in a vein consistent with the way I approach/think about my art and art making. Following are several modifications to very short sentences about my work, Artist Statements.

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I am interested in the way a bird twitches its head.
I am interested in the way simple motions gesture.
I am interested in the way personal experience is unique.
I am interested in the way wool fibers tangle to become dense felt.
I am interested in the way objects carry memory.
I am interested in the way objects have a history.
I am interested in the way things are made.
I am interested in the way materiality informs content.
I am interested in the way a cat probes with a paw under a door.
I am interested in the way play is made.
I am interested in the way personal observation is unique.
I am interested in the way we perceive gesture.
I am interested in the way receipt paper can be printed upon with heat.
I am interested in the way materials carry memory.
I am interested in the way humans tinker and experiment.
I am interested in the way materials have a history.
I am interested in the way materiality informs practice.

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my art is about the way....

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in my art I explore the way....

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I work in an attempt to understand how....

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a bird twitches its head.
simple motions gesture.
personal experience is unique.
personal experience informs observations.
wool fibers tangle to become dense felt.
objects carry memory.
objects have a history.
things are made.
materiality informs content.
a cat probes with a paw under a door.
play is made.
personal observation is unique.
we perceive gesture.
receipt paper can be printed upon with heat.
materials carry memory.
humans tinker and experiment.
materials have a history.
materiality informs practice.

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It was interesting to see two slightly different iterations of the same points of inspiration. Listing unrelated phenomenon in a series as an impression of yourself is an oblique approach to an artist statement, but it feels appropriate to someone starting a graduate program and the process of building or transforming a practice.

Between the two, I appreciated the lead-in variations for the second. Since it's in two parts, it would be interesting to see how you could play with the text (different typefaces, how could it be indented or bulleted, etc.) The second form would also accommodate some kind of conclusion, which I think would help tie everything up. The question I'm left with is "why?" Maybe there's a single "why" that gives the randomness a concrete purpose?

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