"The Nightmare" (2001-2002)

"The Nightmare," 2001-2002
Red cedar, painted black, 53 3/4 x 74 5/8 x 51 inches
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Courtesy Courtesy McKee Gallery, New York

"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