To understand my field of practice, the best place to start would be to describe what it actually is, as there is much confusion. Which I discovered after a quick google research. As an artist I combine both Mixed Media Art and Multi Media Art in my final work.
WHAT IS MULTI MEDIA?
When defining multimedia, it is commonly known as a digital practice that incorporates a variety of forms such as video, animation, text, audio, photographs, motion video and design graphics. When looking back on the history of Multi-Media, it is hard to pin-point a time and place where it all began. Through research, I stumbled upon a blog on MoMA Learning by Randall Packer, where he states that “the word “multimedia” (or “multi-media,” as it was first spelled) had been around since at least the 1960s, describing various manifestations of avant-garde theater, mixed-media, performance art, installation, and other uncategorizable forms involving video, film, and electronic music.” The evolution of these practices combining, is known as multimedia. Click HERE to see a timeline on the evolution of multimedia.
Dan Flavin was a famous minimalist multimedia artist who was passionate about creating sculptural objects that are made out of fluorescent lights. Below is an example of one of his installations:
Soda Jerk is another example of a a two-person multimedia art collection that focuses on documentary, along with speculative fiction in the form of videos, installations, animation and cut-up-texts.
WHAT IS MIXED MEDIA?
Mixed media art is a popular art practice that combines various types of visual art techniques/materials such as paint, collage art, assembled art, clay and ink. It may also involve any artwork that is 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, where more than one medium is being used. A canvas that was covered with paint, flowers, ink and glitter is classified as mixed media art. Anything and everything you find, such as money, sticks, grass, novelty items and candy can be used in Mixed Media Art. There are many many artists that associate themselves as mixed media artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst… just to name a few! Below are a few artworks famous for being known as mixed media art.
Mixed/multi media art is the perfect medium for you if you enjoy experimenting with a wide range of materials. I believe it is the catalyst for implementing new artistic techniques, which makes it essential in the story of the evolving art world.