Monday 30 March 2015

Artist Statement

I don't know why but I am told I should have an artist statement.  I have gone to school for 3 years for a bachelor, 2 years for a master and  I only wrote one paper.  Unbelievable but true, and now I have to write an artist statement.

Version 1 generated from 500 letters.

S. Charto(1956, Montreal, Canada) makes paintings, photos and drawings.  By taking daily like as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Charto often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive.  Play is a serious matter during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.  Her paintings are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middle class mentality in which recognition plays an important role.  S. Charto currently lives and works in Cote Saint Luc

Not bad - they didn't have a topic of dogs but take out everyday and substitute dogs and it might do.

Version 2
S. Charto isn't writing no artist statement - just look at the damn paintings - its just dogs.
A little childish maybe and definitely bad English

Version 3
People say it's nice to have a hobby that you enjoy.  Painting is not enjoyable.  It takes work and it is frustrating and it is always on your mind.  You fall in love with your work and the next day you hate it.  You can't understand why you can't make it work.  The blank canvas taunts you.  Painting is not for sissies.

Version 4
I work in my dark basement and I feel like I am a very lucky person.  I have my own place to go to every day.  I am surrounded by blank canvasesses, brushes and an easel.  Every once in awhile my muse comes down and insists on a walk.  I take her out for a run and we sometimes meet other dogs.  I ask the owners if I can take a picture of their dog and I have never been refused - everyone is thrilled that a stranger recognizes the joy and beauty they see in these marvellous creatures. 

I paint dogs and I am a very lucky person.

I think I will go with version 4 - what do you think?


  1. You are very good. Your paintings have a lot of warmth and kindness.

  2. Thank you so much for comment - it means a lot to me

  3. just dogs? don't think so!
    have seen some amazing shoes and other subjects. but your dogs are fantastic!