I recently published an article, "Write like a visual artist." As I put it in the abstract, the study examines the social organisation of Canada’s art world from the standpoint of practising visual artists. Bringing together theories of literacy and institutional ethnography, the article investigates the literacy practices of visual artists, making visible how artists use written texts to participate in public galleries and in the art world. Drawing on extended ethnographic research, including interviews, observational field notes and textual analyses, the study sheds light on the ways visual artists enact particular texts, enact organisational processes, and enact the social and institutional worlds they are a part of. Through the lens of visual artists, the study locates two particular texts – the artist statement and the bio statement – in the extended social and institutional relations of the art world.
To read the piece, visit Literacy and Numeracy Studies.