Laura’s lecture was about writing artist statements. This lecture was right on time, as later on in the same week all photography students had to submit their artist statements for our interim exhibitions. I was struggling writing mine because it’s difficult talking about your own work, and it’s even more difficult talking about art without stating the obvious.
Laura showed us various different statements by artists and analysed them with us, which helped us understand the inner workings of writing a statement, and how to make a successful one.
She also gave us different approaches when writing a statement, the most interesting one for me was to write a manifesto. The idea for this was so we can let out everything we wanted to say about our work in an an restrained way. I was considering doing this however due to the time constraint I have decided to just focus on writing a standard statement.
I have used Laura’s advice regarding asking ourselves questions about the work to help us write it.
This was my final statement:
Digital A1 print in lustre.
“I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours”-Lewis Carol
Every person has their own reality, their own thoughts, wishes, struggles, and ways they perceive life. We walk the earth in our own minds, searching for the likeminded, people who will understand, who would make us feel we are not alone, and that will be ok in the end.
My project was inspired by mental health and in particular anxiety. I have dealt with anxiety my whole life and it is something I have learnt to live with. It comes and goes in in waves, some are stronger than others.
When I have an especially anxious period of time life seems odd, everything continues as normal however things just don’t feel right. It is this sense of unreality, foreign, uncanny.
In my project I have chosen to explore the idea of the uncanny, to bring in the strange into the normal. Using objects like masks and photographing in eery environments I have attempted to create a narrative presented without words or facial expressions.
My work was inspired by photographers such as Hannah Starkey, Cindy Sherman, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, who’s work explores ideas of manipulating the self in order to create different moods, atmospheres, and characters.