Sep 19, 2010 | Comments 6
Where did you get the name Septerhed and is there meaning behind it?
In the dictionary the spelled out pronunciation of the words scepter and head are Septerhed. A scepter has always represented an ornamental context of power. I feel that the creation and life of art is extremely powerful. Metaphorically speaking, I am replacing the ornamental aspect or top of the scepter with a human head, my head to be exact. I am digesting the internal struggle that is the human condition, and vomiting extreme visions that bounce back and forth between love, hate, life and death.
Why are you an artist?
I have a lot of demons to battle….24/7/365. The only way for me to function in a somewhat manageable condition is to create. Art to me is therapy, plain and simple. There are other ways to deal with my affliction, but none of them are as optically satisfying. Line weight, composition, typography, colors and their effect on people, negative space, optical illusions, texture, layouts, meaning, subliminal messages and the ability to have one thing mean many things, depending on the individual are just some of the reasons I LOVE ART. I get turned on and excited by these things. Not in a sexual manner, but that would be cool too. I am an artist because it feels right from the core of my being. If I can create something from my emotions that another person can relate to on any level, it helps me feel a little less alone in the world, and hopefully it can do the same for them. On my tombstone it will say, “Here lies Septerded”. Underneath that it will say “Creative”. Being an artist is one of the coolest fucking things in the world, just ask one, they’ll tell you.
Finish this sentence: My name is Septerhed and I think what the world needs is….?
an apocalypse….alright, that’s a little harsh…how about to prove the existence of God….ok, that’s a little unrealistic…maybe just “to listen to more Death Metal”
Tell me about the Dragon Piece you did on Washington and La Brea. How did that come to be?
I kept driving by the Nomade chariot thinking alright, that’s cool, but where the hell is he going and to do what? He looked lonely. I wanted a contextualized birdman, bearing the double cross of good and evil, holding an actual “septerhed”, riding a snagon, to pop out of his 10th dimensional portal and interact, even if it was just to ask for directions. I do a lot of screen-printing, which is fine, but the scale of screen-printing for me was constricting. If something the size of a piece of paper looks badass, blowing it up to 7ft is like a fantasy. Sometimes more is more. I have no idea what the last sentence means, but it feels right. A large part of my work is experimental in a sense. Meaning, I think an idea might be cool, but I might not be comfortable with the execution, manufacturing or the distribution of said idea. The longer I am alive the more I learn about confronting your fears. If something seems cool, don’t be afraid, it probably is.
When did you first realize you were an artist?
Around the age of 25. I never really considered myself an actual artist until I started receiving positive feedback from people who weren’t related to me. My mother was always very encouraging and supportive with all of my artistic needs. This was invaluable to me growing up, because I had no confidence. I always drew when I was younger but didn’t give it a second thought. By the time I discovered M.C. Escher, methamphetamines and sharpies it was on. Thankfully, I am only addicted to sharpies now, and M.C. Escher is still cool.
What people or events do you think most influenced your work?
There is simply not enough room to answer this one. I’ll try to keep this minimal. Broken hearts, vices, religion, love, sadness, hate, hope, coping mechanisms, the brains ability to self-destruct and symbolism. The majority of my work is taking extremes of most human emotions and representing them in an abridged manner. I know that the reality of what I see and feel as an individual might not be reality to most. I have a lot of religious and internal notions to express. Some are strife ridden, some are not. I also like taking something else and slamming it by laughing with it and at it. I find humor in a lot of things and I feel that it works hand in hand with art, right alongside irony and metaphors. I very rarely have anything political to say, unless its addressing self-politics. The beauty of influences is that you never know when or where they will come from.
What are five words that best describe you?
Having my way with art.
If resources were unlimited what something you would like to artistically do?
We talking legal or illegal? Honestly, I would just like to carry on the way I am right now, except with $$$. Being able to pay for the execution of my back stock of ideas would be a dream.
I mean I would still do what I do except better and more of it. I need unlimited studio space badly. I need a very large printer BADLY. I need a better computer and a VERY LARGE table nestled nicely in a state of the art screen-printing lab. I need to produce my work on a moments notice. Right now without all of these things a lot of really good ideas die.
That’s not very exciting though, is it? I would like to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for biggest wheat paste. I would also like to theoretically culture jam every single fucking billboard and bus stop ad in Los Angeles.
Maybe create a public art park. A place where artists can create and share on huge walls. A place where talent that most likely has no chance to be exposed on that level, can be. People would have predestined spots (huge spots) and they could just go crazy, in whatever medium. If this already exists, I apologize for being a dumbass
What is the most shocking thing you have ever done?
Sorry, I’m taking that one to my grave.
What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
I’m allergic to alcohol.
Where do you see art gravitating towards in the next ten years?
Me. Ha ha j/k…or am I? I see flat screens getting bigger and bigger. They are also becoming lighter. I see a lot of mediums transferring over to a digital interface. Now no. Calm down. I know that certain respected mediums can never be replaced. I do however see kids on hover boards projecting floating screens 20ftx 20ft and just creating the craziest fastest sharpest looking shit ever, without even touching it. Perhaps they will be considered posers and the “real” artists will still be using touch screens. 10 years ago I never thought I would be dependent upon Adobe, my extended family. I see things that were once considered a “skill” or “craft” reserved for people with “talent”, becoming more available to anyone who desires. The process of creating and sharing is moving faster than the loss of value for a dollar bill. It’s easy and cheap to make cool shit. Hopefully, the fact that anyone can make something will not discount the value of the wit behind the idea.
Want more of Septerhed, check out his site at http://www.septerhed.com/