• Carrie Campbell

Information or Inspiration?


A pencil and colourful paint brush point in opposite directions
Photo by Jasmine Rock

Over time, I find that I have developed conflicting feelings about the right way to craft an artist statement. Unless I am determined to share facts about the issue that the piece is based on, like the environment, an endangered species, or gender-based violence, I prefer more and more to keep it short and sweet. I always find that conveying what my painting means to me is important, but to be candid, I’d sooner keep the details to myself. I think that's because I'm drawing from my own personal experience when I create. I’m comfortable sharing myself through my art; that adds impact to my work. But when it comes to doing that with words? Somehow, that’s a different story.

Mostly, my intention is to leave my audience with something to learn more about, rather than aiming to teach them something at that moment. When I think of explaining techniques, I find myself asking, “Do people really want to know how I painted this?” I'd rather not go through my artistic process, potentially boring my audience and peers with the information they may already have. I'd much rather offer a few sentences about what actually inspired the moment or subject that I chose to depict.