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Light Formulation: Statement of an Artist

Posted On: May 24, 2019   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

I always resisted writing artist statements and bios. In school, that part of every assignment or exhibition was the most agonizing. It felt overly simplistic to just describe what the viewer was about to encounter, or why objects or abstract shapes, making my specific image or groups of images, were presented in this way or another.
It seemed that by assigning it a set number of combinations of words and letters, designed to invoke a set of associations or emotions, and qualifying and quantifying it that way, I would be doing a disservice to my work, by not letting it have a clear and unadulterated voice of its own. I never did connect with the majority of artist statements I've read, be it on walls of student shows or those of more established institutions. Most of the time, they seemed contrived, often borderline pedantic. Far removed from the subject matter in the actual show, they often seemed to be paying more service to the ego of the photographer rather than to photographs shown, or Photography...

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