"You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people."
"I’m constantly going to flea markets, yard sales, and junk stores and buying things specifically for projects, but also for myself and my friends. I try to keep these compartments stable but they tend to blur into one another, so an object may find its way into a work or into my private collections. I have very eccentric collections- oil cans, wooden mallets, stuffed birds, cabinet cards, photographs of boats and animals in zoos, and just dozens and dozens of things. It’s a way to continually be engaged with my work. Some artists paint, some sculpt, some take photographs, and I shop. That’s what I do."
- Mark Dion