Artist Interview: Kris Kuksi
Kris Kuksi is an artist based in Kansas. He can be found on the web at www.kuksi.com.
The Retreat of Daphne by Kris Kuksi
Do you think you’d ever like to live somewhere else? Would that affect your creativity at all?
I guess I am open to living in other places, however, I do travel a lot and I do find inspiration in the places I travel to. Yet, I think it’s best to live in a place conducive to creativity. If I ever did decide to move it would most likely be somewhere in Europe.
Eros at Play by Kris Kuksi
There is a lot of drama and action going on in your sculptures. Is there a predetermined story line to each piece, or do all the intricacies just come up as you are creating them?
Both are true. Some things are very direct, and some things aren’t, but there is an improvised process where things develop as I go, leaving a lot of fun for the viewer to provide their own interpretation.
An Opera for the Apocalypse by Kris Kuksi
A number of your figures have guns for eyes or tanks for heads. What is the significance of this?
That refers to how the modern world tends to dehumanize people as if we are trained to be less emotional and less creative much like drones or social servants. It has a bit of a military-like perspective and that those in the service are encouraged to remove their compassionate and emotional side.
The Temptation of St. Anthony by Kris Kuksi
Why do you think so much violence exists among humans? Is it part of our nature?
Yes, of course it is. That’s probably very evident that evolution does exist. We aren’t quite the elevated, pure beings that we think we are. However, what’s really interesting is that we are aware of how to be non-violent.
Eden by Kris Kuksi
What message do you hope viewers get from your work?
Just to have a new perspective on the human condition, to help come to terms with our faults and our responsibilities, and in the end, to inspire in many change for the better.
Ode to Herculaneum by Kris Kuksi
Are the drawings and paintings still something you are actively creating or has your attention totally gone towards the sculptures?
In the last few years there has been a focus on the sculptures, however I still paint and draw when I’m inspired to. Presently, there is much more demand for my sculptural works.
Oedipus in Contemplation by Kris Kuksi
Designer Iris van Herpen included you in her current show at the Centraal Museum as a major inspiration. How does it feel to know you inspire other artists?
Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I make art–to inspire others. IT IS great to be acknowledged by those who have been inspired. And the same goes for Iris’s inspiring creations as well. It’s just a part of my purpose in life that includes enlightening and challenging people’s beliefs.
Pluto and Persephone by Kris Kuksi
Who/what inspires you?
Baroque architecture, modern industrial structures, human psychology and behavior, and certain forms of music. What do you dream about at night? Every now and then I have a very dramatic and emotional dream. I’ll sit and analyze it for a few days afterwards, but I find that it always seems to coincide with certain things going on in my life. So, maybe dreams are a form of self-analysis.
The Plague Parade: Opus 2 by Kris Kuksi
What was the last book you read?
Area 51–I just loved reading about top secret experimental aircrafts and the possible UFOs being worked on in a secluded area in Nevada.
This interview originally appeared in Issue 3.