"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."
"The Department of Marine Animal Identification of the City of New York (Chinatown Division)" (1992)
"My way of putting things together and the filters I’m using to organize knowledge in my own head are also changing drastically. So certain things, like my re-engagement with some elements of Surrealism (which were always in my work), increasingly come out. My relationship to the politics of environmentalism and ecology changes as I learn more about the history of science and the shifts in the representation of nature. All of those things inform the way my work functions."
- Mark Dion