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Seth Apter of The Altered Page >>
Seth Apter is a mixed media artist and photographer from New York City with a love of paper, bookmaking and bookbinding, textures, layers, text, altered images, artistic collaborations, visual journaling, abstract art, outsider art, ephemera, and so much more. His blog, The Altered Page, is a visual journal of his own artwork
I have adored Seth's work since the moment I laid eyes upon it and instantly wanted to feature him as one of
Click on the image below to see several additional pieces of his fabulous art:
I feel honored to have had the opportunity to interview Seth. Below you can read the answers to his questions and view additional pieces of his amazing mixed media art:
How did you become interested in mixed media art? How long have you been creating?
I have been involved in some form of visual arts for about 10 years. Having tried my hand at a number of different techniques, I always find myself drawn back to mixed media art above all. This is true for both the art I make as well as the art that I admire. For me, there is a sense of freedom and exploration that mixed media provides. Choosing to use any and all materials in my artwork – whether traditional or less so – has
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I live in New York City which is such a vibrant and exciting place.
Who are some of your personal favorite artists?
I usually avoid choosing favorites because it tends to be too hard for me to narrow down any favorites to just
Do you have a favorite piece or pieces of art that you've made?
Often after I complete a piece, it temporarily becomes my new favorite. But only temporarily until I am on to the next. But there are 2 pieces of mine that really speak to me. They are quite different from each other
I am involved with quite a large number of collaborative projects right now, some of which I post about on my blog and several that haven’t been shared. I really enjoy the process and challenge of working with other artists. I especially like the fact that collaborations allow me to see the work of so many artists up close and personal. No matter how great a piece looks on the internet it is usually a thousand times better in person. The fact that I am working on somebody else's piece subtly changes the way I work and this stretches me as an artist. Many times the themes of the particular project may not be ones that I would choose on my own and that challenge usually invigorates (and truthfully sometimes frustrates) me. Finally, the relationships that develop among the collaborating artists can be quite special.
The Disintegration project is a current, online collaboration that involves over 115 artists. Links to all
My artwork has changed significantly over time. I think using my blog to post a record of my work has contributed to this. When I compare my older artwork to more current pieces, the major change I notice is that my art is much more complex, more layered and textured, and more a direct yet still abstract representation of who I am and what I what to say and need to express. I now take more risks with my process, happily embrace my "mistakes", and put more of my self into each piece.
Where can your art be found (galleries, books, magazines, web sites, etc.)?
I have been published in Artful Blogging (Autumn 2008) and in several zines (The Book Artist, Pasticcio, and Varietist Muse). You will also be able to see my artwork in a number of other books and zines, coming soon! My work has been spotlighted on a number of online blogs and websites as well. You can find my writing online at Lisa Hoffman's Gypsy Bonfire. Finally I am happy to say that a just completed piece will be exhibited in April in a group show in New York City.
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