The Gallery recently hosted a small arts show in which, Mary Rand Hess, who is a Mixed media artist was quite the topic of discussion. We had several questions on our website and FB about this "Mixed Media Art" and what it's all about. Mixed Media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed.
There is a considerable distinction between mixed-media art and multimedia art.
Mixed media leans more to a work of visual art that combines various traditional distinctions of visual art media. Meaning, the medium on canvas combines different paints, inks, textures and collage is called mixed media.
Multimedia art implies a broader scope than mixed media, it combines visual art with non-visual elements, a recorded sound, for example. It can also be with elements of the other arts such as literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or interactivity.
When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed media, layering is key. Each one is carefully thought out and allowed enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will have structural integrity. A phrase or quote is sometimes used in relationship to mixed media as the finale to the work.
This art is usually for the out of box thinker and not so traditional. These works take many effects to achieved a finished mixed media piece. what we like to call beautifully organized chaos.
We hope this helps answer some questions, please feel free to drop us a line or share your artwork.