How long have you been a mixed media artist?
When have I not been a mixed media artist? You know as a kid, I found myself not having what I needed to make art, so I would make due. Personally, I think this was one of the reasons I became a mixed media artist.
What does mixed media mean to you?
In almost any other medium, there are rules. Some of those rules you can break but there exist these important ones; ones that keep painting a painting and watercolor a watercolor. With mixed media there are very few rules or limitations other than perhaps the ones that we create for ourselves. As a result, I believe mixed media accesses another part of the brain, soul and spirit. Either you see your vision, or you intuitively journey without knowing where you are going, or perhaps a bit of both, but you don’t really know for certain where it’s all coming from or what it might look like in the end (unless you have already created the piece once before). There are a great many people who cannot handle this type of chaos and misrule. They want art to fit neatly into a box. They want art contained. Mixed media is not contained…anything and everything is up for grabs. Mixed Media is wild. Mixed Media is altered. For me mix media more closely resembles the kind of creative power that created the world than most any other type of art medium. My world opens wide when I create mixed media and I hear the spirits of other things talking to me… I don’t shut out the voices because “it doesn’t fit”, or “it’s not painting.” Mixed Media isn’t walking between the worlds; it is another world where there are endless and infinite possibilities.
Art is a creative power between body and brain, idea and reality, soul and spirit. Art is an invocation, an incantation… Art is the ultimate spell.
It has been my therapist, my spiritual teacher, my confidant and my consultant. It has been my drug for coping, my passionate indulgence and addiction. It has inspired me, fulfilled me and satisfies me.
I went 2 years without making art once. It was when art left me. I was ok, but I remember it as being unbalanced and not quite right. I accepted it and welcome this absence. I was grateful for the art I got to create and didn’t know if there would be any more art.
I am a better person when I make art. I can hear the voice of God and I get visions when I make art. The universe and I have a dialog. It is very lonesome and quiet without all that.
When art returned, I had a deeper appreciation, understanding and connection. Art’s absence made me a better person, but not as good as I am when I am creating it.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Gel Medium would be tops for me… and paper.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Tell us about your creative process.
Art is a singular, disembodied voice that rises above the thousands crying for release back into this world. Artists are mediums attuned to those voices; we are vessels for spirits that spur us into a frenzied trance of inspiration, evolving into a dance of possession which culminates with us splitting into two: The Artist and the Spirit (the Art).
I reveal the Spirits through mixed-media and figurative sculpture. It begins with idea and concept that fires me up and has me emotionally hooked. I follow it wherever it leads, so it usually speaks to me as I create it. Sometimes, I know what a piece needs and must stop until I find that element to add.
I am driven and will go for days until it is completed. But now that I am older and my spouse has tempered me, I have learned to still here the voice of the spirit but not let it control me. I take much longer to create art now than I used too and as a result, my art is better!!
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
People often tell me I have a very unusual way of looking at things and it often presents details they did not expect. I think the biggest thing is that I am true to myself and vision… the spirit of the art. So, it is authentic. I believe it is my own unique authenticity that people find distinctive.
Where can we find you?
|Mario currently resides in Sacramento, CA with his husband of 8 years, their children as well as their Domestic Sovereign, a pug named Brigit. His art has been published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Art Doll Quarterly, and other art/writing journals.Now retired from Healthcare and Social Services, Mario brings his love of writing, art, spirit, coaching and ritual together online at his creative living site, SandtiSpiritusCoaching.com and also from his transformational art school and shop, ArtSpellz.com.|