"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"I’m interested in thinking about nature as a process. So this isn’t really about the tree, even though the tree is the superstar. It’s really about what’s happening to the tree, about the process of decay. We shouldn’t really feel particularly bound up in the demise of this tree because on this tree is the basis of the next forest. The tree supports a living bio-system, from single-cell organisms all the way up to vertebrates- mice, shrews, and birds. I want this piece to talk to the audience, but not necessarily spoon-feed them or give them what they want. I want to acknowledge or even enhance the uncanniness of nature- the wonder of the vast complexity and diversity within a natural system."
- Mark Dion