Why I dislike artist statements

I really dislike artist statements for a number of reasons, but mostly I resent being expected to write them. I'm not a writer! If I was, I would probably express myself by writing essays or a novel instead of making pictures. In my mind, it's the equivalent of a writer crafting an excellent novel and submitting it to a publisher, only to have the publisher come back and say, "We really like your novel, but we'll only consider publishing it if you draw us some some succinct-yet-illuminating cover art!"