What does mixed-media art mean to you?
To me mixed media is freedom of expression. Freedom to use whatever materials and supplies that will best capture and express my idea for each piece of art I make. Art without limits.
How long have you been a mixed-media artist?
I have been a mixed media artist for as long as I have been involved in the visual arts, which is now about 12 years.
How has your art impacted or enhanced your life?
Art has had a tremendous impact on my life. It threads through all I do. Not a day goes by that I do not do something art related, whether that is working in my studio, writing a blog post, taking photographs at home in NYC, or even just creating in my mind. Although I consider myself a working artist, it is truly pure fun and a tremendously centering activity for me.
What are a few of the mixed-media supplies you find yourself using most?
I use certain traditional supplies quite often, such as gesso, acrylic paint, watercolor paper, and matte medium. I also use commercial supplies that I always try to put my own personal spin on, such as rub-ons and rubber stamps. And last, but certainly not least, I use supplies not traditionally thought of as art materials, such as found objects, treated metals, vintage materials, and flotsam and jetsam from around my home.
Who are some of your favorite mixed-media artists?
This is really a long list because I admire artists who work in all spectrums of mixed media, which I define quite loosely. Many of my favorites have been included in my book, The Pulse of Mixed Media.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I work in a lot of mediums – paper arts, book arts, assemblage, abstract painting to name a few. Therefore a lot of my art looks different. But I think some of the commonalities are texture and layers, a sense of history, a focus on composition, and a palette that is dominated by blues and/or earth tones.
Where can we find you?
About Seth Apter: Seth Apter is a mixed media artist and author from New York City, working with paper arts, books arts, and textural assemblage. His artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries and his artwork has been seen on many websites and published in books, national magazines, and independent zines. His blog, The Altered Page, is a gathering place for artists and a visual journal of his own artwork, photography and collaborations, as well as a showcase for artists he admires and his creative experiences in NYC. His first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed was published by North Light Books in March 2012.