Artist Interview: Fej Seckat

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I am “Fej Seckat, Radical Crafter”. I have been an artist since the first art-o-matic at the Manhattan Laundry building in 1999. I went to that show and was transformed forever – art was something I could do and show without a formal arts education or having to be a full-time (starving) artist.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work entirely with recycled and/or found object – it has always been my passion.

What is your creative process like?
I have an inspiration – typically from an object, but sometimes from a thought or feeling or an experience; and then I act on it in some way. The action along with the inspiration then organically creates the art – but only when those two come together does the art take shape. Inspiration + action = art. Often necessity creates the best works – obstacles create opportunities that I could have never seen or conceived in advance through mental effort. This is always the way my pieces come together.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
“Work faster.” I took an “Art from Alternative Materials” class through the Smithsonian, I think the instructors name was (Bill maybe?) Rock and I was creating a chicken out of a cardboard box and wire and talking about all the ideas I have as I make my way through my ‘normal’ life…and he said, “you have to work faster” – and that was great advice because way too often (still) I allow really interesting ideas pass by with out action.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Making time for art, in a world (western society mainly, which is quickly becoming all society) that sees ‘making art’ as less worthy than making money, or anything else for that matter.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"We Don't Work For Larry" by Fej Seckat

“We Don’t Work For Larry” by Fej Seckat

“We don’t work for Larry” is a bike helmet I did for use at Burning Man 2012. It has been through a lot and got its name as I began to doodle on the helmet at Burning Man 2012 while talking with my Niece who was attending for her first time. What I love about the helmet is 1) it is useful, it has a functional use beyond being beautiful and fun. 2) It formed organically and somewhat collaboratively during experiences and interactions at an event I love and has meaning to me. and 3) It inspired the series of bike helmet pieces I have at this years Art-o-Matic 2015, including the way the series is displayed at the show.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
It is the same ‘favorite’ for every year I have done art-o-matic since the year following that first visit – volunteering is always the best social and magical experience – I love the people I meet through art-o-matic and I love getting people I already know involved in this amazing community of artists and performers.

What is your website (or other method of contact):
https://store7584125.ecwid.com or fej.seckat@gmail.com

 

You can see more of Fej’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the second floor, space 3-026.