"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"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