One of the tasks Seth asked artists was to create a self portrait. Below is Seth's self portrait in the book.
When I look at Seth's self portrait... one of the words that come to me is BUSY. Seth Apter is a mixed media artist in New York City who works in collage, book arts and assemblage. But Seth also has a day job as a psychologist. So he divides his time between his professional office, his studio and his computer office. His work has been published in numerous books, magazines as well as his blog, THE ALTERED PAGE found here, and his online zine, THE PULSE. So Seth is very busy juggling so many aspects of his life and art and I for one am extremely impressed. Below are some glimpses into his studio.
"Putting this book together has been an adventure that I will always remember. My hope was that questions and prompts that form the basis of this book would uncover information that truly revealed the deeper issues and concerns of all artists. Would the artists in the book be honest and open in how they responded? The answer was a resounding YES." Seth Apter
"My second discovery came as I sorted through all the literally thousands of responses I received. As unique as each artist is and as distinct as their artwork looks, there are many things that connect us all. We each have a very personal reason why we become artists. We each put ourselves on the line every time we share our art with others." Seth Apter
"Reading through all these responses and seeing the artwork created by the artists has had a tremendous impact on me. As I answered the very same questions along the way, I learned so much about myself as an artist and as a person." Seth Apter
As I look at part of Seth's studio above with that word, I know that Seth approaches his art, his world of art, and his life with a resounding YES.
I have been fortunate to be included in this book. Seth is highlighting 31 artists from the book for the month of March. Today, March 4th is my day and if you go to this link at Seth Apter's blog THE ALTERED PAGE here, you will see what he has written.
Below is the self portrait I created for Seth's book. I think a self portrait can reveal a lot about an artist, especially for themselves.
My self portrait does not have my actual image. I used a 'blank' head instead, which could be anyone. This is because I am still trying to figure out who I am. I am on this inner journey, seeking balance in my art and in my life. I am also a private person who may not want to reveal too much. There is a mystery.
One of the questions Seth asked was: If your artwork could talk, what would it say? My answer is: Be still. Be quiet, tranquil and balanced where places in your heart and mind are found, and where the moment is present, and then past memories come. dw
If you go to Seth Apter's blog THE ALTERED PAGE and leave a comment your name will be put into a drawing for a free copy of his book THE PULSE OF MIXED MEDIA. He is giving away 3 copies and you can leave a comment every day for the month of March. Plus you will get to see his posts on 31 artists who are featured in the book. blog here.