"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."
"As a woodworker, I use tools all the time. And just paying attention to tools, the evolution of woodworking tools in itself...there’s a certain art history to that. You look at the forms that various utilitarian things have taken throughout history and there’s a whole sort of shifting sense of beauty with the way that the different cultures have shaped things that fit the hand and that are used to do a job, to move material that has some weight, or relate to the way the hand holds them."
- Martin Puryear