"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."
"One of the reasons for taking a play-acting approach is to create a situation in which people regard the trappings of authority with suspicion. It’s not that I’m suspicious of myself, but I want to create a situation in which the information I’m presenting is looked at critically- not taken for granted- and is examined with caution. There are people who read culture very cautiously and critically. That’s a healthy way to approach the information that we’re given every day. That’s one of the things I’m very engaged with in my work- trying to hone that skill in myself and, I hope, in people who look at my work. . . ."
- Mark Dion