Deep Interview with Illustrator, Alex @eye-cough

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

September 28, 2020

Speaking Aloud when you are Staying In

Dr. Alice Hixson

Flying Ketchup is right smack in the middle of the country and the Kansas City metro area and the heartland. I have noticed from social media that writers like me, who read and make music and love art, are extremely down in the mouth right now. And for good reason. So we are continuing to do our darndest to connect and bring your amazing voices together. Socially distanced but still, we will connect dreamers, poets, artists & storytellers with the larger community: a community that needs their work now more than ever.


We are sharing over 50 writers that will be featured this month: people who live on the edge of their imagination. I think you’ll enjoy these new voices. These stories, these poems, these words of wisdom are something new. I, at least, after seven months “at home,” am ready for something new. I hope you are too. At Flying Ketchup, we work hard to find and share new voices that give you a moment to step away from the routine and into some time with your imagination. It’s a gift we take seriously.


Be well. Stay strong. And remember your imagination is never quarantined.


Be well. Stay strong. And remember your imagination is never quarantined.
Dr. Alice R. Hixson



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This is Polly McCann, managing editor. Read on for our Interview with Alex Eickhoff, Illustrator of next year's short story collection, TALES FROM THE DEEP. We sat down to talk a few times in early this Spring and you won't believe Alex's story until you see how incredible his work is.



Tell us about your art. Did you study art?

After I finished his BFA in art in 2015, I moved to KC and worked as a fabricator to build custom interactive displays and decor in a “big sign company”… in their sculpture department for a few years. Then I decided to go on “sabbatical.”

Tell us about your art. Did you study art?

After I finished my BFA in art in 2015, I moved to KC and worked as a fabricator to build custom interactive displays and decor in a “big sign company” in their sculpture department for a few years. Then I decided to go on “sabbatical.”


Well, we loved your studio at InterUrban Arthouse and your small daily art that is addicting to purchase, and now you are doing more and bigger things. Tell us what your art is like. Where do you get your ideas?

Idea bubbles: simplified singular objects. They are like an iconic mish-mash of ideas. I create a thought, versus a story. So, “what would a toad sitting on a stool sitting on a toadstool look like?” would be a question that begins a painting; or “What would an animal look like if he was posing for a class photo?”


I get it. You play with words, idioms, and the subconscious field of images. What we love is that hand-painted look and the limited color palette of reds and greens on dark backgrounds. My favorite is the one that eerily juxtaposes images like a live heart in the root of a tree and the octopus man who sits silently waiting for something out of left field. Tell us about your style. It’s so clear and distinct and true to who you are. It has a little bit of joy, sarcasm, but also a hint of mystery, joy, and a way of laughing at the dark. We are so excited that you are illustrating our next collection of short stories. Where does it come from?

I sketch with paint. I keep it simple: simple composition so I can explore color and texture and different ways of applying paint; not daunting, not drafting, half the time improv, or in-depth concept. Let the paint be the paint and see what happens.


Oh, that is perfect. ‘Let the paint be the paint and see what happens.’ What a good saying. I need that on a T-shirt. So, what comes next?

I really want to get into the KC local mural and street art scene. For the last few years, I volunteered with SpraySee, MO. Artists come from all over the country to create street art. In 2019, they painted 40 walls. This spring I painted my first mural in Art Alley in the crossroads. It’s a good demographic for someone to view your art.


Thanks, Alex! Since this interview, Alex painted with SpraySee, MO and he won a grant for the NKC mural where you can meet him on Oct. 13th. He also won an Asphalt Art Initiative grant.


The Midtown Asphalt Art Project is in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo. Government and Street Smarts Design + Build, and funded by a Bloomberg Philanthropies: one of four prestigious spots in this citywide grant to be a part of this mural project to boost local art and artists. We are so proud of Alex and we are looking forward to TALES FROM THE DEEP, coming out next year.

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