Artistic Statement Exercise 2

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Make a list of words and phrases that communicate your feelings about your work and your values. Include words you like, words that make you feel good, words that communicate your values or fascinations. Be loose. Be happy. Be real. Think of these as potential seasonings for your stew. You don't have to choose which ones to use just yet, so get them all out of the cupboard.

Look them up in a dictionary. Read all the definitions listed for your words. Copy the definitions, thinking about what notions they have in common. Look your words up in a Thesaurus. Read the entries related to your words. Are there any new words that should be added to your word list?

Dance- to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music

to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly

to perform or take part in 

Move- to advance or progress

To set or keep in motion

To prompt, actuate or impel some motion

Create- to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve

To evolve from one’s own thoughts or imagination, as a work of art, or invention

To be the cause or occasion of                 

Express- to show, manifest, or reveal

To represent by symbol, character, figure or formula

Clearly indicated, distinctly stated, definite, explicit, plain

Meaningful- full of significance, purpose, value

Relevant- bearing upon or connected with the matter at hand


Mine- something that belongs to me        

Jazzy- active or lively

Fancy or flashy

Story- a narrative, true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse or instructs

Vulnerable- open to moral attack, criticism or temptation

Sexy- excitingly appealing, glamorous

Gift- something given voluntarily, as to show favor towards someone, honor an occasion or make a gesture of assistance

Something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or its being earned 

Serve- to render assistance/be of use, help