Artist Profile: Seth Apter

Seth Apter is a mixed-media artist from New York City, focused primarily on paper arts, book arts, and textural assemblage. His artwork and writing can be seen on multiple websites, including, and have been published in multiple books, national magazines, and independent zines. Seth is currently working on his first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media.

Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
A: Ricë Freeman-Zachery’s Living the Creative Life is my go to book right now. I constantly read random pages for inspiration.

Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: Two plus weeks wandering around Italy. It doesn’t get better than that!

Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?
A: Does cereal count?

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: The color where the ocean meets the sky.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: NYC. And how great that I actually live there.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Travel to all the countries on my list that I haven’t yet been to. It’s a long list.

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: I didn’t know it at the time but it was the last dinner with my whole family before my mother died.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: You never know…

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Endless amounts of pasta. And bread.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: To hear what other people are thinking. I think.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Antoni Tapies. I would just want to sit back and watch as he creates his amazing surfaces.

Q: When is your favorite time of day?
A: Late at night when the world is still. I always get a second wind and some of my best inspiration.

Q: Why do you make art?
A: I can’t help it. It just sort of makes itself at this point.

Q: What is on your workspace right now?
A: Tubes and pots of acrylic paint, a bunch of rusty metal objects, my most recent travel journal, pencils, watercolor paper, some random scraps of painted paper, tape, black and white gesso, glue stick, newspaper, calligraphy ink, 2 blank canvases, rebar wire, sandpaper, etc.

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it junkyard find?
A: Definitely has to be all kinds of rusty metal bits.

Q: If you could re-do a classic movie, what would you remake and how?
A: How about making Jack Nicolson in The Shining a visual artist? Can you imagine the artwork he would create as the movie progresses?

Q: What is your first memory?
A: My arm in a cast after an accident I had when I was three.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Let it be about the art…and nothing else.

To follow Seth on his blog, The Altered Page, click here.

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One Response to Artist Profile: Seth Apter

  1. Billizetti says:

    Love your last answer. Maybe then those stupid inner critics would go away.