The Pulse of Seth Apter

Posted on | October 1, 2011 | 7 Comments


Suan Lenart Kazmer, ICE ResinSETH APTER


Medium: mixed media

Book: The Pulse of Mixed Media – North Light Books, March 2012

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Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE ResinIf you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not
mastered), what would it be?

I would like to try encaustic painting. I love the quality it brings to an artwork and I think it would blend well with the type of work I already make. I have been hesitating mainly
because I am so focused on my current approaches to art…but it is only a matter
of time.

What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?

Of the many people that came to mind I chose Antoni Tapies. Since he is a living artist, there still might be a chance for this to happen. Tapies is a Catalan artist who began to work in mixed media in the early 1950s. He creates the most spectacular surface
textures, embeds found objects in his canvases, and utilizes a stunning and
very limited color palette. I would love to watch him create.

What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?

Creativity is at its peak in those moments when you find yourself completely lost in the process of art making.
This happens when you allow your artwork to be an extension of your own
personal experiences and emotions, both good and bad. I use the words ‘you
allow’ on purpose because I believe that the things that hold people back the
most come from within themselves.

What adornment could you not go without?

Not sure that this is what you meant but I will say my glasses.

(Hmmm. Good point. The ICE Queen might have to rephrase that question.)

Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE ResinWhat 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?

Paper, gesso, acrylic paint, found objects, and my computer. Maybe my computer should be first on that list.


7 Responses to “The Pulse of Seth Apter”

  1. Jill Zaheer
    October 1st, 2011 @ 07:22

    Great interview. I think that you really do have a chance to study with Tapies. Have you contacted him? Most people are much more approachable than we might think.

  2. Renee
    October 1st, 2011 @ 08:11

    Seth – great thought/comment/observation about creativity: artwork as an extension of self, allowing it to be. Wrote that down in my art journal. Good truth to be reminded of when I revisit pages. And, love the “glasses” as adornment. I’m with you on that one.

  3. Dave
    October 1st, 2011 @ 14:39

    Great interview! I’ll have to check out Antoni Tapies…I’ve not heard of him before! Thanks for the tip, Seth!

  4. Lynn Cohen
    October 1st, 2011 @ 16:59

    I love everything Seth Apter does and stands for! He is the king of art/community blogging; a wonderful mixed media artist; a good human being!
    Visiting his blog is an adventure!

  5. Laura Quilligan
    October 2nd, 2011 @ 08:02

    I also admire Antoni Tapies. I have a magazine photo of him painting a large canvas placed on the floor. Thanks for bringing his name to mind. Laura

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  7. Anete
    May 26th, 2012 @ 14:12

    congratulations for the text.


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