Elevator pitch / Artist statement

As part of one of our recent group sessions, we were allotted a short period of time to write an artist statement regarding our work for our final major projects. Below is what I produced during that session.

 

” Elizabeth Chandler, a fine art photographer who’s work deals with human behaviour, reaction and observation. Interested in exploring the ability of technology to encourage further reading of expression and reaction, as well as engaging a wider audience in fine art photography. Much of her work reflects an intense curiosity about human beings, with an interest in the ways in which culturally nurtured values and beliefs can implicate and sculpt reaction and opinion.
‘The Working Orifice’ is a series of work, compromising three video installments and sensor operated video capture technology to visually explore culturally nurtured values of humans.
The exploration, which is engaged via visual and auditory stimulus, induces reactions and offers a platform for further examination of human behaviour using scientific studies of body language and facial expression.
This exhibit offers opportunity to scrutinise our own thoughts and responses to given examples of everyday activity surrounding the mouth.
Such scenarios, when presented in a particular context encourage further consideration of our own behaviour and reactions.
With the emphasis on the mouth, ‘The Working Orifice’ is interested in encouraging us to reconsider ourselves in relation to everyday activity whilst using technology to engage a wider audience. ”

Revision

After giving some consideration to the above statement, I have decided to keep it in third person but have revised it to make it more appropriate now that my work has developed significantly

” Elizabeth Chandler, a fine art photographer who’s work deals with human behaviour, reaction and observation. Interested in exploring the ability of technology to encourage further reading of expression and reaction, whilst engaging a wider audience in fine art photography. Much of her work reflects an intense curiosity about human beings, with an interest in the ways in which culturally nurtured values and beliefs can implicate and sculpt reaction and opinion.
‘The Working Orifice’ is a series of work, compromising three video instalments and sensor operated video capture technology offering the audience a unique opportunity to scrutinise, noting elements often missed, thus questioning themselves and their behavior in relation to such activity. The project focuses on notions of forced voyeurism with an emphasis on everyday activity involving the mouth. The pieces aim to present elements of the grotesque associated with activity often viewed as pleasurable. “

This could be consolidated further to make the text more direct and forward.

“The Working Orifice deals with human behaviour, reaction and observation. Interested in exploring the ability of technology to encourage further reading of expression and reaction. Much of her work reflects an intense curiosity about human beings, with an interest in the ways in which culturally nurtured values and beliefs can implicate and sculpt reaction and opinion. ‘The Working Orifice’ compromising three video instalments offering the audience a unique opportunity to scrutinise, noting elements often missed, thus questioning themselves and their behaviour in relation to such activity. The project focuses on notions of forced voyeurism with an emphasis on everyday activity involving the mouth. The pieces aim to present elements of the grotesque associated with activity often viewed as pleasurable.”

These are specific to my Final Major Project and I needed to create one that was more generally about myself as a practitioner and my work as a collective.

“My work deals with human behaviour, often taking a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I deconstruct ideas surrounding humans and the relationships with their environments, examining various modes of social display and questioning where the boundaries between learned and genetic etiquette lie and often blur. Having engaged with a diverse variety of subjects, my work compromises a visual study of social and cognitive conduct exploring the numerous  affecting factors which come into play in different circumstances. “

In third person I could alter this statement to something like…

” Elizabeth Chandler, a fine art photographer who’s work often explores human behavior, frequently looking at social, cultural and political issues from a critical view point. In her work, ideas surrounding humans and their relationships with the environment are deconstructed in order to examine modes of social display. Her work often questions where the boundaries between learned and genetic etiquette lie and often blur. Having engaged with various diverse subjects, her work compromises a visual study of social and cognitive conduct, whilst exploring the numerous affecting factors which may come into play in different circumstances.”

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