it's my pleasure and honor today to tell you about a fellow i've never met in person, but with whom i've shared countless emails back and forth for the past few years. seth apter is a talented artist, and is very dedicated to his blog in which he has conducted countless interviews with other artists of all sorts of media from all over the world. seth's heart, artwork by seth apter
he is a patient man, and oh so kind - someone for whom i feel tender and enamored, without ever having met him face to face. seth's book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed has just been released, and i'm proud to say that i'm one of the thirty one artists seth invited to participate in the book. asking me to do anything with a deadline is a major feat; i am a consummate procrastinator, scattered at best - yet, seth never lost his gentle and kind approach with me, or his faith in my abilities. somehow (miraculously) i did manage to create two new pieces - one is a self portrait, and the other was prompted by a question seth asked: How do you express passion in your artwork? oh my. well... here's a little peek of my self portrait (because i do always wear my heart right out on my sleeve): and a little bit of the artwork that is my answer to the question regarding passion, above:
seth asked a LOT of questions. good ones. thought provoking and different and starting lots of introspective processing within. this makes sense; in seth's day-life, he is a professional therapist, and i'm sure he spends an inordinate amount of time preparing the right thing to ask... not too pushy, not too assertive... just - well, just right.
last week i wrote seth and asked if i could turn the table and have him answer a question for me. here's what i asked: "i always spent time in my own therapy (years ago, now, when going through a divorce) asking questions of the therapist, which of course always got promptly turned right back around to me. but I'd like to ask how you manage to expose your own feelings in artwork after spending all day keeping your own emotions to yourself (or am I wrong about this? do you ever talk about your own fears while counseling a patient? your own sadnesses? joys?)".
and seth, ever seth, answered right back: "I find this question fascinating because it addresses the connection between my two careers and is something that I am forever contemplating. To answer your second question first. In many schools of psychology, the therapist is traditionally thought of as a "blank slate" onto which the client projects his or her own beliefs. Because of this, I originally hesitated to create a public blog and have made the decision to keep my blog primarily focused on my art, rather than myself. However, in my practice there are definitely times when I share my own experiences, feelings and reactions -- but only if I feel it may be of benefit to the client.
That being said, my energy is always directed toward my client. This fact actually makes it easy for me to make the switch to focus on my own feelings when I am creating art. All that energy gets funneled into what I am working on in the moment and expressed through the artwork. Making art is a great release for me and an activity into which I can completely lose (and find) myself. This is one of the reasons that psychology and art are such a great pairing for me...they allow for a much needed balance."
i'm very proud of seth. he's worked mighty hard for a good 18 months (most likely, longer) pulling together a great deal of information from thirty one artists - all of their answers to his questions, the artwork we all created for his book. i'd like to invite you to head on over to his blog and take a peek at what he has to say about the "clan" of the Pulse, and to wish him well on this wonderful journey he has begun. xo