"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."
"I work with a lot of things besides wood, but wood remains my primary material when I want to shape or construct things. That’s the natural way that I can easily get a result. It’s very flexible, very versatile, and doesn’t require tremendous technological backup. If you’ve got the right tools, you can do it all using your own physical body power. I do have machines in the studio, but they’re used appropriately. They’re not used for every single operation. And I don’t use them for the most precise work."
- Martin Puryear