Haiku artist statement

I’m participating in a series of 10 workshops offered through Springboard for the Arts, called The Business of Art. This is part of their Artist Development Project, funded in part by The Minnesota State Arts Board, through grants established after the citizens of Minnesota passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008. The project offers professional development workshops and education opportunities statewide for individual artists of all disciplines.

At this week’s session, entitled Your Promotional Toolkit, we put pen to paper toward the purpose of crafting a three-sentence artist statement. It’s challenging. This is the kind of snippet you can use on a short resume, in an elevator, and/or at a party. The goal is to generate an image in the mind of the listener and to arouse curiosity about your work without waxing into verbose art-speak.

I got to thinking then … why not a Haiku artist statement? From three sentences down to seventeen (or so) chirps? I can’t really see myself responding to the, “so what do you do??” question with this, but it would suit my medium!

Willow over water:

Egret eyes the minnow.

Me/ Sweet lure of cloth, paste, soy.

wading Great Egret

Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

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