Artist Interview with Wildwood Park for the Arts

As an Arkansas Arts Council Arts on Tour artist, I recently had an art exhibition at Wildwood Park for the Arts. I was interviewed shortly after the exhibition by Wildwood.

What mediums do you work with?
In printmaking, I work with relief printing (linoleum and woodcuts), etching, and lithography. With painting, I work with mostly oil, but at times with acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. I enjoy drawing with different types of charcoal, pencils, and ink. I experiment with fabrics, fibers, and natural materials (papermaking).

Besides your art practice, are you involved in any other kind of work?
I write and record music with my spouse in our band “The Damsels in Distress.” We mostly create albums, but have been working with KUAR Arts and Letters to create music for their productions. We also have created a children’s story called “The Boy and the Firefly” that has accompanying music. We hope to explore more bookmaking and song ideas to accompany puppet shows.

What does a typical day in the studio look like?
I have a large to-do list and organize the project for that day. I lay out the materials I will need in order, and then begin working in a linear way. So, if I am going back and forth with multiple pieces or projects, it’s all ordered in a list of what to work on for each piece. I often will have an audio book (fiction literature – mostly classic literature or adolescent literature) playing or an old black and white movie going on in the background. I am alone in my studio and cannot work with others in my space unless they are intently working on something as well.


 
 
 

What are you presently inspired by – are there particular things you are reading, listening to or looking at to fuel your work?
I am currently working on a Romania landscape painting series. It was inspired from a missions trip I went on last year with Livada Orphan Care to Targu Mures Romania. Because the region was mostly country side, we had to drive each day to the on-site work location. I was completely inspired by the beauty of the countryside and took many photographs during these drives. I hope to finish these paintings early next year, where I will photograph them to place into an inspirational prayer book and donate the paintings to Livada to sell for orphan sponsorship.

What do you hope your work will accomplish? How do you want people to be affected, if at all?
I hope to use my work to connect with and help others. I think for others to be affected by my work differs for each series I work on. For the “Maintaining Life” series, I hope people are able to see how even the mundane can be otherwise from an altered perspective.

How do you navigate the art world?
I still have a lot to learn about the “art world.” In the meantime, I will continue to create, blog on paperopera.com, and exhibit my work.

L.K. Sukany at Thesis Show artistinterviewphoto

How would you define a “successful artist”?
Success is such a personal thing. For me, a “successful artist” is an artist who works, who likes their work, and who continues to challenge themselves in their work.

To see more of L.K. Sukany’s work, visit lksukany.wix.com/artist/.

You can also read the interview here.

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Cobra Basket, Harry Potter, and Clearance Cookies from Walgreens?

That’s right, another art night – this one for May 2014!
The night started with Ein smelling something delicious!

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Ein of course was smelling M’s delicious cooking and baking. What’s on the menu, you may ask? corn chowder soup and home made fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls.

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And for dessert, from scratch chocolate chip cookies! My favorite part about these cookies is when you get a bite of a salt piece. It is delicious.

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Did I mention that Ein loves chocolate chip cookies (just the bites without the chocolate chips).

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As for projects – there was drawing.

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There was fibers- yarn and felt.

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There was photo editing.

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And there was paperwork? Yes! There was paperwork.

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There was also writing of stories and playing of clarinet! Also, Micah started a blog!

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Some topics of the night: Harry Potter, Enneagram and other personality types, Cobra basket, working with felt, the creative process, Ein loving who she is, cookie display, turning drawings into a coloring book, potential group names (BYOA – bring your own art, Running with Scissors, Art Paper Scissors), and best most recent purchases (a bunny door stop, Moonrise Kingdom,  Breyers Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream, A ticket to Seattle, Clearance Cookies – with Belgium chocolate – at Walgreens).

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More photos of the night

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A special thank you to Niki Zimmerman Images for taking and providing some of the pictures of the night!