"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"I’m not sure my engagement with this work is based on beauty. There are certain things that are visually and intellectually compelling for me, and very often they’re the same things. I’m drawn to notions like complexity...to very sophisticated systems that interrelate. I’m interested in ecologies, whether those are political and social ecologies or natural ecologies. Understanding the interrelatedness of things is interesting to me, and I think that it’s something that we often miss in our culture- being able to see the connections between things, between our actions, our personal behaviors, and the way they affect a broader field, the rest of the world for example. Those are the kinds of things that I find beautiful and exciting."
- Mark Dion