Statement

I believe words matter and have power. My artwork starts with words and marks. It may be a feeling I have, or something I heard. It can be a prompt from a collector, or lyrics. When I begin, I have a cloudy idea of where I want the work to go. The first few marks will guide the painting into being and I will layer paint or paper so that some marks are left exposed while others are covered up. My asymmetrical and geometric motifs are laced with scribbles, scraps, and distress to emphasize the beauty found in the imperfect and the profundity of patina. As my mind empties onto the surface of my work I manifest “imperfect” so when when the unexpected, but invited, line or dribble shows up I embrace its magical intention. I use a limited palette to keep my artwork feeling meditative and minimalist. I believe my artwork has purpose and the ability to connect.

Include the following information in your artist biography:

 

  • Where you born and where did you live after that?

  • Where are you currently based?

  • What has been your artistic inspiration? Why?

  • What is your favorite medium? Do you use any special techniques?

  • Did you have formal art education or were you self-taught?

  • What art exhibitions have you been a part of?

  • Is your work in any collections?

  • Name any art organizations to which you belong

The artist biography should always be written in the “third person” (as an outsider looking in, and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they in the biography).

Think of an artist statement as if the artist is communicating to the viewer about their art, in the artist’s absence.  Therefore, the artist statement should be short, concise and well written in a conversational language.

Cyn Macgregor (United States) is an abstract, intuitive, mixed-media artist. She was born in Ohio and has lived in several states along the East coast. Her work focuses on line, shape, and contrast while emphasizing spontaneous and “no mind” mark making. Her somewhat geometric motifs are laced with scribbles, scraps, or distress to emphasize the beauty found in the imperfect and the profundity of patina. She uses a limited palette to keep her artwork feeling meditative and minimalist. Her artwork starts with marks and words. She has a vague idea of where she wants the work to go. Those first marks will guide the painting into being with some marks left exposed while others are covered up. She manifests “imperfect” so when when the unexpected, but invited, line or dribble shows up she embraces its magical intention.

She seeks to have a shared visual journey between the artwork and the viewer. It’s important to her that her artwork has a purpose and sparks a connection or conversation between people and spaces and creates a sense of harmonious and mutual happy satisfaction.

Her creative journey started as a photographer. She learned graphic design, then studied interior design. While in school for interior design, she noticed the classes she took in painting and drawing were her favorite and started to explore creativity and painting. Her prior education blended with her passion for creating artwork with purpose.

Spanning her professional career she co-founded several successful businesses managing marketing, website development and design, and branding. Because she believes every mark a person makes is important she founded Sun & Moon Studio, a studio for kids to explore creativity and art.

She spends her time thinking, planning, painting, mark making, experimenting, teaching, showing-up, and connecting with community.

Cyn Macgregor
919 576.0116
www.cynmacgregor.com
cynjustcyn@gmail.com

 

Include the following information in your artist statement:

 

  • An artist statement is an introduction and a description of the artist’s art, without the artist being there.

  • The artist is telling the reader their personal reasons and motivation as to why they create their art.

  • The artist should explain the artistic process or describe any special techniques that were used in producing their art.

  • Overall, the artist should provide a statement as to the meaning of the art that the artist creates.

The artist statement should always be written and presented in the “first person” (writing from the person’s point-of-view or from the artist’s perspective). 

It takes quite a bit of time to write an effective biography and to craft a concise and compelling artist statement.  Look and study the top artist’s biographies and artist statements and then adapt yours to their formatting. 

In our Solo Art Exhibition Archives, any of the artists in this section of our website have the best examples of good artist biographies and artist statements.  The artist should always keep these documents up-to-date and try to improve them whenever possible. 

Statement

I believe words matter. I believe words have power. I believe my artwork has purpose and the ability to connect. My artwork starts with words and marks. It may be a feeling I have, or something I heard. It can be a prompt from a collector, or lyrics. When I start, I have a cloudy idea of where I want the work to go. The first few marks will guide the painting into being and I will layer paint or paper so that some marks are left exposed while others are covered up. My asymmetrical and geometric motifs are laced with scribbles, scraps, and distress to emphasize the beauty found in the imperfect and the profundity of patina. I let my mind empty onto the surface and will manifest “imperfect” so when when the unexpected, but invited, line or dribble shows up I embrace its magical intention. I use a limited palette to keep my artwork feeling meditative and minimalist.

Creating artwork that has a purpose and will create a happy moment for someone is what I must do.

I started my creative journey as a photographer, moved into graphic design, then tried interior design for a while. While in school for interior design, I found that the classes in painting and drawing were my favorite and started to pursue mark making and creating art. While my children were young and I was a stay at home mom, I used my creative abilities to curate a co-op creativity workshop, that later became known as Sun & Moon Studio, a place for kids to have art experiences. As my children grew older I moved back into the work place as a graphic designer/art director/illustrator. I co-founded and founded several successful businesses managing marketing, website development and design, and branding. In November 2018 I had an opportunity to focus on painting, mark making, teaching, showing, and connecting with community and I boldly and gratefully took it.

I spend my days in studio working on current projects, trying new methods, finding new opportunities within the community, getting messy, researching and reading, and listening to music. Once a month I host an open studio and look forward to visitors who stop by.