December 14, 2020

Still from Asha Cabaca's artist statment. Foliage, shells and twigs carefully arranged.

Although art often speaks for itself, a quality statement from an artist provides viewers with lens to observe their work. Visual Art and Art History professor David Scott Armstrong tasks his students to make use of video as an effective platform to communicate context and intentions.

This year his students in the fourth year Professional Practices for Visual Artists course (VISA 4001) employed storytelling and time-based techniques to elevate their statements to a whole new level, and the results are totally inspiring.  Here are some examples from the class.

ASHA CABACA

Asha Cabaca takes inspiration from what she encounters in nature. Growth, decay and nature’s unique forms directly influence her sculpture practice.

Screenshot of YouTube video. Click to play Asha Cabaca's artist statement in a new tab.

Works featured in the video: Horse Chestnut, bronze, 2019 Wild Apples (The Fruit of Labour), bronze, 2020

Find Asha Cabaca on Instagram: @ashacabaca.

 

YIFEI CHEN

For Yifei Chen, film photography is like “capturing a miracle”. In her artist statement, Chen demonstrates the wonders of catching moments in time so they can be forever cherished.

Screenshot of YouTube video. Click to play Yifei Chen's artist statement in a new tab.

Follow Yifei Chen on Instagram: @buffjelly

 

HAILUN LUO

Hailun Luo brought her talents to York University from Beijing, China. Spending a lot of time walking through urban landscapes, Luo sees photography as a bridge to humanity.

Screenshot of YouTube video. Click to play Hailun Wuo's artist statement in a new tab.

Visit Hailun Luo’ website: hailunluo.com

And follow on Instagram: @cowardstrigger  

 

VANESSA SEYMOUR

Vanessa Seymour offers us a glimpse into her photography process as she comes to terms with life’s ever-changing ways.

Screenshot of YouTube video. Click to play Vanessa Seymour's artist statement in a new tab.

Visit Vanessa Seymour’s website: vanessaseymour.com

And follow on Instagram: @vanessa.seymour