Tea

The Damsels in Distress spent time with our friend and drummer Chris Hickey to write, perform, and record the instrumental album Tea.

We first put together Tea as a set for performance during the opening for L.K.’s Wildwood Art Exhibit. Previously Chris had told us that classic story about an acolyte, a tea cup, and a zen master. Well, that got us all started. Percolating on a few phrases, we eventually found fuller tunes during several rehearsals in July. We ran through the set in August and thought we were finished.

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However, thinking back we all wished we had recorded that night. We later decided it would be best to record the set as a themed album– just for the record. We set the evenings of a September weekend aside, played through the tunes, and here we are.

This album was recorded differently for us. We used multiple microphones on the amps and drums and tracked everything simultaneously. Once we had the multiple takes recorded, we transferred our favorites -mistakes and all- to a laptop. In late December, we mixed the raw recordings in Garageband and here we really are.

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Tea. It’s had time to steep. It’s a strong brew. We like it and hope you do too. You can listen to the album on The Damsels in Distress band camp page.

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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.

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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.

L.K. Sukany Art Exhibit at Wildwood Park for the Arts

As an Arkansas Arts Council Arts on Tour artist, Wildwood Park for the Arts was one of the galleries I contacted about an exhibit.

M and I went to Wildwood a couple of days before the opening, and Sofia helped us hang the show.

  
  

There were some cool press opportunities: Arkansas Life and Little Rock Soiree Online.

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A lot of people came to the opening. There was a sign-in sheet at the front to enter into a drawing to win a framed “Reading Into It” lithography print – for the duration of the show. Whole Foods catered!

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Along with the exhibition and delicious snacks from Whole Foods, “The Damsels in Distress” played an instrumental set.

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“Know Who’s a Robot” also played, and it was a super good time.

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After the exhibition, I was interviewed for the Wildwood Park for the Arts websiteRead Artist Interview here.

Arkansas Life “Sketchbook Feature”

I was contacted by Jordan Hickey, senior editor at Arkansas Life about interviewing for the Arkansas Sketchbook feature for August 2015. He had come across some of my work online – specifically Developed and Less Finished: Maintaining Life and thought it would be a good fit for the Arkansas Life A&E section. He would interview me and would feature a large image of one piece along with a short bio.

“Do you think that’s something you’d be interested in?”

Of course I would! How exciting! Who does that? What artists’ work gets viewed and then is asked to interview and be featured in a well-known publication? Me!!!!

We scheduled a phone interview and talked for about an hour. The next thing I knew I was the feature artist in Arkansas Life for August 2015.

  
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At the end of the article, there was even mention of the Wildwood art show! “Be sure to head over to Wildwood Gallery at Little Rock’s Wildwood Park for the Arts later this month, where LK will be exhibiting Developed and Less Finished: Maintaining Life from Aug. 21 to Sept. 20.” 

You can read the article arkansaslife.com/plumbing.