"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
"I remember when I was in West Africa in the Peace Corps, seeing and being for the first time in a culture that had the making of objects really central, not secondary...seeing carpenters, which is the influence I felt most strongly, and observing people who worked with hand tools and who could build things with hand tools. Because in many cases they didn’t have electricity, it all had to be done by the power of the muscles in the arms and back..."
- Martin Puryear