"In Sheep's Clothing" (1996)

"In Sheep's Clothing," 1996
Pine, 53 1/2 x 62 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Courtesy Courtesy McKee Gallery, New York

"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