At first thought, the idea of having to write a statement for every piece of art I created seemed ludicrous. It felt like a waste of time to tell people about what I was already showing them through my art.
But that is by no means the case! I’ve come to realize that if I can’t verbalize for myself what my intention was in developing a painting, nor tell others some kind of story about what led me to paint it, then there probably wasn’t much of a concept behind the painting at all, and it would have little impact on the viewer, with or without a written statement about its development.
What attracted me to this specific subject? How did I find it? What inspired me to paint this image as opposed to some other? What overall concept was I trying to express? How did I go about planning and preparing it? Did I have to take into consideration any special circumstances or circumvent problems to achieve my goal? What decisions did I have to make during the painting’s development? What discoveries did I make or what surprises did I encounter as I worked?
All of these are valid questions that are important to me as an artist, and that viewers are often interested in when considering a piece of artwork. Though not all the questions necessarily apply to every piece, all of them provide fodder, in certain circumstances, for writing an artist’s statement, thereby giving viewers an opportunity to gain greater insight into my work.
If you have acquired one of my paintings and want to know more about its origin and development, or if you have a specific question about it, let me know. You can email me at: Charlotte@CharlotteMertz.com. Put the title or inventory number (or better yet, both) in the subject line. This information is usually found on the back of the painting. And in the body of the message, let me know what you are interested in hearing more about. I’ll be happy to send you an artist’s statement specifically about your painting.