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Monday, August 30, 2010

Declaration of Intent


I'm applying to join a group of local artists, and needed to write an artist's statement. I realised as I did so that really, what I was doing was describing my practice, and the purpose behind it, so I thought I would share it here, as much as a reminder for myself of what it is I'm in business to do, as anything else. Sometimes, we get sidetracked. What would your declaration of intent be like?

Marion is a Scottish artist living and working in the Norfolk countryside, and the author/publisher of three books, with two more currently in production. In textiles, Marion specialises in working with non woven polyester industrial cloth; she also creates oil paintings and mixed media work. She has an interest in landscape, particularly in erosion and cracks, scars or marks on natural surfaces such as stone, and the way in which the mind attempts to impose meaning on such randomly generated marks. This has led to an exploration of rust dyeing, which generates random marks onto fabric, as well as working with natural found objects such as driftwood, bark and stones, while the purchase of a large professional quality inkjet printer last year has led to the beginnings of a series of work using manipulated images of random marks printed directly onto fabric, which will be used either as pieces in themselves or as additions to paintings and mixed media work. This interest has further led to exploring the space between textile and mixed media work, and between textiles and painting, predominately focussed on mark making. The work, regardless of medium, invites the viewer to interpret those marks, whether they be stitch, paint or ofound object, and to find their own personal meanings for each piece or series of pieces.

The image, above, is a manipulated, constructed image taken from a photograph of cracks on a wall.

10 comments:

Colours and Textures said...

Interesting to read Marion.
I have different ones myself depending where it is going and if there is a space limitation.
http://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/tessa_spanton.html

Chauncey said...

Marion, that's a very impressive statement. Here is mine.
Chauncey knows her way around chocolate, hates clowns and occasionally plays with glass. :)

marianne said...

i'm working on updating mine- with some thought instead of reworking what was written 10 years ago. always interesting (and helpful) to see what other write. i like it! and it will inform the way i see your work in the future, which is great.

jamell1 said...

Judie Hi there, love your painting, mixed media piece at the beginning of your statement. But can I ask why the third party? Why not I , and not she, You know you're worth it. !! (chuckle) Judie Mellars.

ZudaGay said...

Looks great, but a little deep for my brain before I've had my tea. :)

Anonymous said...

Very well written, I think. I would divide it into paragraphs for easier reading. And statements are usually written in third person, Judie.
Kate

heronkate said...

It's me, Heronkate, just above. I'm trying to figure out what my google act. # is ...

Trekky said...

Great statement, very impressive :)

jamell1 said...

It's a really good statement and I know statements used to be written in the third party but not any more. They comfirm a belief in yourself and the work that you do. So go for it. . Lol. Judie.

Judy said...

Hi! Marion,

It's a long time since since having to write such a statement; but I am most impressed with your approach; it also gives a good image of you as an artist I feel I know more about you now.