Dagmar's Expressions

Meet the artist - Dagmar Lucak


Blogs about art:

Ever since I was young, I've loved to create. Almost always in 3D for some reason. Progressing from toilet paper rolls taped to to packaging, to crocheting stuffed animals and finger puppets. I recall my big sister and I making a paper-mache monkey that was so gooey that before it could dry, it literally grew hairy mold. We thought it was cool, but Mom wouldn't let us keep it for obvious reasons.

The first leather mask I made came from a challenge made by a friend on mine. "You're artsy-fartsy, see what you can make out of this" as she threw a small piece of black leather at me from a box of things she was sorting out. I had seen leather faces before, most of them from Mexico that were steam pressed and lacquered. I had been given a similar one as a gift once. I ended up hand stretching that piece of leather into a face use and used what was handy to adorn it. A relative on my Husband's who collects art, saw it and offered me $100 for it. SOLD! And I've been making them ever since.

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About 30 years ago, when I told my husband, then boyfriend, that one day I'd have my art hanging in a gallery some were, he would brush it off with a smirk at me. Back then I was finding metal objects left behind on old logging roads and landings that had been run over by machinery, trucks, shot full of holes by hunters target practising, or rusted into unique and unusual shapes. I would drag them home and paint them a copper colour. I guess it was my modern art period. I still have a squished galvanized bucket in that colour hanging on a wall somewhere at home.

It has been admired by many, but only since I have been established as an artist. Isn't it funny how some works of art are junk until some one claims different and someone else is willing to pay for it.

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Music sets the mood, reminds me of special times, gets me moving, and helps me cry.

I enjoy all styles of Rock and Roll, R&B, Blues, but please leave the country on the farm. I was in a band for several years back in the early 80's. We rocked! With time came more responsibilities, and family, and it was put on the back burner. As my family matured, I had more opportunity to jam, and would head for one of the various basement jams held regularly by friends with the same idea of playing music simply for the joy it brings.

For the past 4 years I have been playing with a group of women, we all felt it was time to do the songs the girls wanted to do, but the boys didn't. About two years into it, we started playing for house parties, birthdays, New Years eve etc.... we were in demand. When we played the bars in the Greater Vancouver area, we would get heckled by some of the crowd as we set up. "What'd you do, rob a band?" Until they heard us play. We blew them away. They saw a group of over 40 year old women, and didn't have high expectations. When we rocked the house, they were pleasantly surprised and attitudes changed. Eventually we had to decide on a name. All our names started with a "D" so we were known as "TRIPLE D".

As life goes on, we found ourselves torn between our day jobs/family and playing gigs. Gigs require practise, practise, practise..... which means a messy house, late dinner, and groggy mornings after. Other priorities are taking centre stage for the time being, but when it's in your blood, you can never leave it alone for long. For now, I am content rocking my own house with family and friends again most Friday nights. Leaving the bar seen for a much younger crowd.

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In the Movies:

The Stick up - As an extra, I ended up in three scenes. As a customer at the Bank of Vedalia, I can be seen at the wicket in the security tapes just before the robbery. As a passer by, I walked behind James Spader's character at the bank machine in the re-enactment scenes. On the street, I was a window shopper  as the armoured car was unloading cash for bank delivery.  By the end of my first day, I was recruited as the leading lady's (Leslie Stefanson) stand in. My job was to physically perform the roll of my actor for the director of photography, sound and the lighting crews, so the actress didn't have to stand around for that boring part. I was on set with big stars, I was off set with big stars. If you look closely at the shorter, red haired sheriff in the movie, he was played by Micheal Roberts - AKA Uncle Fester from the Adams family. He is a great guy. James even got to try some of my home made elder berry wine. It was a great experience that left me wanting to do more of it. Look for my name in the credits between the stunt people and special effects.

 The Legend of Eileen Chang-   Parts of this made for TV saga were filmed right here in the Hope area. I was called to play up at the Coquihalla Lakes near the summit of Hwy 5 near the toll booths. My real Husband was cast to play my Husband for this part. We were Bohemian Dukeboars for a few scenes. I showed up on set without makeup and my hair in a long braid that hung past my bum. The director commented on the great job the makeup and wardrobe people had done to make my look so authentic. Little did he know that this was how I rolled out of bed every morning. Not too glamourous, but I fit the part.

My husband, Bill, got to pull the leading lady (Renee Lu) around all afternoon for a toboggan race scene, as I and the other Dukeaboars threw snow in the air and cheered on the race. At the end of the race, Bill had to sweep the leading lady into his arms and help her out of the toboggan. We later found out that She was like Madonna in China with several gold albums and many top films to her credit. I bet there were a lot of young Chinese men wishing they were my Hubby that day.

This movie was only released for audiences in China, Shanghai, and Hong Kong so we have never seen the finished product.


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