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What should be a part of an artist statement?

I have been slowly improving on my artist statement that I started writing for high school but I keep getting different information about what an artist statement should consist of.
Is there a general criteria for artist statements?


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Misty’s Answer

Hi Tea,

A good artists statement consists of a bit about yourself as well as your work in hopes of helping the onlooker to understand the place where your art is coming from so that they can better understand your art.

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John’s Answer


A good artist statement tells a story; your story.
As Misty says above: a bit about yourself, a bit about your work, and a bit about 'WHY".
Why you. Why the medium you're working in. Why the themes you work on.

Hope it helps!