I have heard conflicting opinions on whether a personal statement should be in first or third person, and what should be included for which personal statement one in writing, i.e. the one that goes along with your work at a gallery, the one you would put in your online or printed portfolio, the one that goes in your CV. All of which say similiar things but to varying degree of detail.
This is the first draft;
Becky. A. Watts is a self-motivated mixed media Illustrator, who works best under pressure; currently finishing off her degree she is working on expanding her portfolio.
Becky works with a number of different mediums and is happy to explore with a different style, often choosing the media based on what works best for the project topic. With this in mind, her preferred mediums are working with inks, fine line pens, watercolour and collage.
Born in Bury St Edmunds, a large town in Suffolk, and living no more than a half an hour drive from said town her entire life, until leaving for university, her life was relatively sheltered and privileged. It wasn’t until she began reading feminist academic theories, and fictional stories suggested by friends and tutors, as well as immersing herself in Feminist communities, that Becky discovered a passion for campaigning for Gender Equality.
A majority of Becky’s work up to this point has been focused on her passion for achieving Gender Equality, through her work she aims to enlighten and diversify people’s understanding and to allow those who may not necessarily experience sexism to the same degree, or may have been conditioned to ignore sexist behaviour, and insight into the situations experienced daily by many women, and to create a line of communication between those afflicting the behaviour and those receiving it.
After some feedback and another Personal Statement workshop I came up with these;
Innovative visual mixed media Illustrator. Passion to make work that serves to raise awareness of social issues. Confident working and leading small teams, but efficient and secure in personal abilities working independently. Proficient social and communication skills.
ARTIST STATEMENT (What may be in accompanying work in a Gallery)
Becky Watts is a mixed-media Illustrator passionate about making work that serves to raise awareness of social issues. A current major project addresses gender equality and aims to open up transformative discussion about sexism.
GENERAL CREATIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT
I am a self-motivated mixed media Illustrator, whom works best under pressure; I’m currently finishing off my degree and expanding my portfolio.
I can work with a number of different mediums and am happy to explore with different styles, often choosing the medium based on what works best for the project topic. With this in mind, my preferred mediums are Indian Inks, Fine-liners, Watercolour and Collage.
In university I developed an interest in reading feminist academic theories, and fictional stories suggested by friends and tutors. Through this I immersed myself in Feminist communities, and discovered a passion for campaigning for Gender Equality.
My most recent project has been born from my passion for achieving Gender Equality, through my work I aim to enlighten and diversify peoples understanding, and to allow those who may not notice sexism or believe sexism is a mute topic, and show an insight into the situations experienced daily by many women, and to create a line of communication between those afflicting the behaviour and those receiving it.