The Byam Shaw School of Art/London.UK, 1996, degree
Most artists just feel the need to explain their work. Regardless of one’s ability to write, writing about your work poses unique problems that very few artists are equipped to deal with.
Consequently, most artists’ statements become overly personal explanations about what art means and what they are trying to accomplish in their work. Every artist wants his or her work to be understood and appreciated in the context in which it was made. However, very few artists are able to articulate intelligent insight into how to achieve that level of understanding, nor should they.
Part of the joy, from an observer’s point of view comes from the primary experience with the art bringing to his or her own personal and intimate connection. If those things are spelt out for them, before they have an opportunity to develop that connection, a huge part of the experience of appreciating the art is missing.