"Plenty's Boast" (1994-1995)

"Plenty's Boast," 1994-1995
Red cedar and pine, 68 x 83 x 118 inches
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Purchase: The Renee C. Crowell Trust
Courtesy Courtesy McKee Gallery, New York

"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