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 takes inspiration from what she encounters in nature. Growth, decay and nature’s unique forms directly influence her sculpture practice.
Works featured in the video: Horse Chestnut, bronze, 2019 Wild Apples (The Fruit of Labour), bronze, 2020
Find Asha Cabaca on Instagram: @ashacabaca.
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.
Follow Yifei Chen on Instagram: @buffjelly
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.
Visit Hailun Luo’ website: hailunluo.com
And follow on Instagram: @cowardstrigger
Vanessa Seymour offers us a glimpse into her photography process as she comes to terms with life’s ever-changing ways.
Visit Vanessa Seymour’s website: vanessaseymour.com
And follow on Instagram: @vanessa.seymour