add glittering words to your treasure chest
I dislike writing about myself. And I'm not very skilled at it. I prefer to write about anybody, or anything else. But it has to be done. It's a key part of letting people know who I am and what I do. I delegate it but somehow it still always ends up on my desk. Soloist problem!
One of the things that holds us back from writing, especially about ourselves, is finding the words. If you are a visual artist then you might not feel comfortable handling slippery words anyway. They are not your preferred medium. Even so, there are also many writers who struggle on promotional tours when asked to talk about themselves.
In these on the spot situations, we have a tendency to lapse into cliché and end up sounding like a git. Speaking for myself here but pretty sure I am not alone.
There are painters who describe their work as colourful. Jewellers who go so far as beautiful. Potters who let us know their bowls are - round. Okay so I am being a bit harsh here, especially toward potters. But you see where I am going.
Your work is unique. Your work is utterly different from anyone else's. And there are times when you need to point this out and express what's different in words. Maybe it's copy for your website or to invite people to your exhibition, or performance. But how?
Well, you will have to think like a poet.
This doesn't mean rhyming, so calm down.
It means loving words as jewels that can adorn and embellish your appearance.
It means doing some work now, before the day when a curator emails you and needs 350 words on the meaning and ethos behind your creations by 4pm.
(And that will happen.)
It means filling a metaphorical treasure chest of these word gems. Store them against the day when you will have to write something, and add to them regularly.