A Million Questions With Donika Wiley
A Millions Questions with Donika Wiley, whose exhibit "Heaviness" is currently on display at The Arts Center
Where were you born? Lawrence.
Traditional family or Single Parent? Single parent
High School? Lawrence High School & Lawrence Alternative Highschool
High School Mascot? LHS- Lion and LAHS- ??
Fav. Band in High School? Be Honest! I listened to a lot of Sun Records Artists and then like, Wu Tang specifically Raekwon and Method Man or I guess his name is Jesus now?
Did you take art in High School? Definitely
Fav artist in high school? I'm not sure probably Picasso
No. 1 Thing You Learned in High School? It gets so much better
Why You Chose KU? money
Most influential prof. at KU? Peter Thompson
Are you happy with that decision? what decision
Fav. Band first year in college? Radiohead
Fav. Band last year of college? Drakkar Sauna
No. 1 thing you learned in College? To not take everything so seriously
How do you feel about Lawrence? I think go through phases, like everyone, of I gotta get out of here, but really it is a great place, I wish there were many more job opportunities for artists. But the music scene is rad and when you meet musicians in other spots they totally know Lawrence.
Why did you choose the theme of your current show? I think this work has been floating around in my brain for a while now and the residency gave me time to figure it out
What inspired your current theme? The original inspiration was rock walls, either used for fencing or dilapidated rock fencing
Do you mind talking about your stage fright? I have a strong fear of public speaking or performance of any kind...I was talked into a performance class at KU by Roger Shimomura and it was my own personal hell
Do you have a twitter account? no
What dead person do you wish had a twitter account? I'm not even sure what happens, you follow people?
Thoughts on Twitter? Very bizarre I don't really understand and it is very distracting if the person you are with is really into it
Why did you choose printmaking? During school, I went on a study abroad during the winter interim and did Intaglio and I really like that process. It's like the hardest way to make a drawing and I lean toward super detailed work in my own art
Was that your major at KU? Sculpture
Do you feel like it's harder, easier, or equal being a woman in printmaking? I think it is difficult to be a woman in most artistic mediums because of the expectation of what you will make. In printmaking it is hard because of the tradition of macho dirty dudes making big cock art and you have to be cool with that or else you're uptight and then you have to share a shop.... It's the same in sculpture
What's the future of printmaking? Back to tradition, less digital
Who are your fav printmakers? Kiki Smith Don Ed Hardy Bob Anderson Audry Neffenegger, there are tons
Fav local printmakers? Reaching
Fav LIVING artists? Joanna Jackson, Sophie Calle, Ron Muek, Joseph Grigley
Fav DEAD artists? Margaret Kilgallen, Eva Hesse, Caravaggio
Fav Band? maybe Cave Singers right now
Best musical show you've been to all year? Bonnie Prince Billy
Best art show you've been to all year? Cris & Chuchotements
Fav. William S. Burroughs literature? A Thanksgiving Prayer
Fav. Wes Anderson Film? Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Fav. Jim Jarmusch film? That's right... Down By Law- so awesome
Fav. Sonic Youth album? Dirty
Fav. Musical Genre? Blues
Sexiest song you've ever heard FOR REAL? My Mind is Ramblin' (sung by Black Keys)
Most inspirational film or documentary you've seen? Man On Wire
Fav Bill Murray Film? Lost in Translation
Fav Comedian? David Cross
How do you feel about color in prints? Great
Why do you choose the colors you do? I spend a lot of time mixing color and getting it just right
Porno? "The Pornographic Discours is part of the strategies of violence which are exercised upon us: it humiliates, it degrades, it is a crime against our 'humanity'". - Monique Wettig
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
How was your experience at the Lawrence Art Center? The residency was perfect timing for me, I was extremely productive and I am really happy with the work I made
What advice do you have for young artists applying to Art Centers around the world? To be open to what you will create when you are given this great amount of time
Fav Actress? Frances McDormand or Charlotte Gainsbourg
Fav Actor? Sean Penn- don't be a hater
Fav Teen Idol? old- Corey Haim new- Zach Effron, duh
How do you feel about thongs? that's so 2002
What about bikini briefs on men? If is feels good do it
The Smiths or Morrissey?(sic) Morrissey
Fav Food? Seafood
Beer or Wine? Beer
Fav Drink? Water
Fav soda fountain selection? Don't drink it but used to be a suicide
Fav gas station in lawrence? The Yellow Pile- try to figure that one out
Fav restraunt in lawrence? Zen Zero
Fav store in lawrence? Wonder Fair
Fav websites? Fecal Face
Beards? Beards are awesome
Thoughts on Marriage since you were recently married? Love wins!
Thoughts on thoughts? thinking is good
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akelly 13 years, 6 months ago
Donika is a babe! Great show at the Arts center!
megiddo 13 years, 6 months ago
Donika prefers Morrisey to The Smiths? What rational human would have such an opinion?! Sickening. Now I need to get drunk.
samowen 13 years, 6 months ago
GOOD STUFF. KEEP THE BLOGS A COMIN'.
Jason Barr 13 years, 6 months ago
Nice, glad 2 C the comments! Yeah!!!!!!!!
Shelby 13 years, 6 months ago
Good to see you back in action, Barr!
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