"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"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