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my fancypants, high-falutin’ artistic statement. (make throat clearing noises now)


Writing an Artist Statement can be a bear. Seriously, most artists I know find writing them painful and yucky and would rather be extracting hot, molton lava from between the teeth of pissed off barracuda, or be changing the flat tire of a greyhound bus filled with 27 rabid wild hyenas and one sick, diarreahic, yak during a hail storm….with lightning.

Anyhoo, here is mine in pretty helvetica type:

Lynn Whipple
Artistic Statement

I realleeeeee enjoy making stuff
First I collect stuff
then I collage stuff
next I add some found stuff
and finally I draw some stuff
usually there is some sort of a story with my stuff



Author: lynnwhipple

I am a girl and an artist. Short list of things I love: art, artists, painting, collage, mixed media, funny stuff, altered photographs, all things outdoors, freedom, smart stuff,music, writing, orange dogs and one eyed cats, all animals, chocolate, color, laughing, ideas, creativity, games, learning, dancing, yoga, summer, night time, cell phones and sneezing.

14 thoughts on “my fancypants, high-falutin’ artistic statement. (make throat clearing noises now)

  1. I think that is brilliant. I love it. Its simple and true, exactly what art should be. Thank you for that.

  2. Lynn,
    I share your angst. I so hate always telling others what a fabulous artist I am. Hey, other people should be doing that. Here’s my solution- Pass It Forward Artist Statements. I write an excellent readable statement for Lynn Whipple. Then Lynn writes one for another artist of her choice, and that artist writes one for another artist, and so on until someone writes a statement for me and completes the circle. Simple and elegant, yes?

    • Hey Denis!

      oh yeah! That could totally work, and it would be more fun. I can rave about you and your work easier than I can about myself. Plus, we could really learn about each other and our art. It would be fascinating for me to ask more questions about what sparked and inspired you and to find out more about your process.
      This would probably be a great exercise for artists to do together because it would continue to expand our own understanding of our work.
      Ultimately, I believe that we should be able to speak and write clearly and intelligently about our work. It is good to make our efforts accessible for others who are interested.
      simple and elegant, yes!

  3. So spot on. I hate to write about my work. I’m not a writer. I just had this very conversation at Penland last week and apparently, there are those who feel it is quite important to write about your work. I even spoke with someone who actually likes doing it. I’d rather just make stuff.

  4. good stuff.

  5. Love your artist’s statement, very clear and concise and easily comprehended. The Pass it Forward idea is a winner too.

  6. Yep, you pretty much summed up how artist feel about making statement. You go girl with your true but simple statement.

  7. that’s the best artistic statement I’ve read. I admit they usually make me queasy, especially when I have to write my own. Mine is similar to yours.


  8. queazy is the perfect description. ick
    I gotta read yours, I bet its perfection.


  9. Artist’s Statement a’la Jennifer Mecca:

    Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of Hong Kong Fooey as a metaphorical interpretation of both Henri Matisse and itching.What… began as a personal journey of damnation has translated into images of macaroni & cheese and elbows that resonate with Inuit people to question their own plaidness. My mixed media jukeboxes embody an idiosyncratic view of Jim Jones, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between Dean Martin ,mittens and burritos.My work is in the private collection of Gavin Mac Cloed who said ‘Eureka!, that’s some real clumsy Art.’ I am a recipient of a grant from Folsom Prison where I served time for stealing mugs and tie clips from the gift shop of The MOMA. I have exhibited in group shows at Chic Fil A and Cedar Creek Gallery, though not at the same time. I currently spend my time between my attic and Berlin.

  10. Hi Lynn,

    Finally had some time to make it to your website and blog. I just wanted to say that I love your artist statement and your messages through your art. We have very similar beliefs and positive attitude and I am glad we had the chance to get to know each other last weekend. I choose to surround myself with like-minded individuals, such as yourself, and am happy to call you friend.

    • HI Leslie!

      ahhhhhhh! that is so nice!! I feel the same way about YOU! I am glad we are friends too, its a pure pleasure! We are both so lucky we get to do stuff that we love and care about, plus, it makes life so much more fun.
      I hope we cross paths again soon, meanwhile, no cake dropping. 🙂

  11. Perfection in it’s simplest form! Bravo!

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