I work here in this studio in Tribeca, This is the wall where I hang my pieces up, take them down, put
them on the table to work, put them back up. Discard them in the back, almost like a space that’s
just a space to ignore them for a while.
I’m very interested in collaboration. I’ve never really wanted to do it, in terms of the actual process of
art making. I’m more interested in the experience of the quietness, the solitude the almost like a
meditation, it is a meditation. The inner voice that happens when you’re working by yourself. I do
have an assistance come in and help me so that’s a sort of collaboration. And I do a lot of
collaborative things in terms of discussions and dialogues and teaching in communal groups but in
terms of the studio I like the silence. I find it essential to really make work that I feel has power to be
just with that silent place within myself and just spent time there.
At the beginning I have an idea, and I start to put pieces of wood together to work on this idea. Then
I start to cut the wood and I listen to the wood as I said that’s why I like to be solitary, so I listen to
the wood, listen to myself, kind of work with these ideas. And if I get stuck I’ll draw them. I make a
series of drawings. Most of the time I just kind of carve and put things together, move them around.
Sometimes I think they don’t work and what I do is, I’ll discard it but I won’t throw it away, I’ll just put
in somewhere. Somewhere at the back of the studio here. And leave it for another day. Sometimes
that will be good and sometimes and hold, and sometimes it doesn’t hold so three or four days later
I bring it back. How do I know it’s finished, when it feels finished. Sort of says its done, but that
doesn’t always mean I believe it. You know, it really is. So sometimes I say it’s finished and then leave
it for a month or two, and then I rework parts of it. Like this piece here, this white part, this white log,
I’m gonna recarve the spirals. I thought they were done, and since I had this show at the church I
had to have this whole studio filled with pieces that I made. That I was going to use in the church
and that are being used in the church. So I just put this up a couple of days ago, to take a look at and
it’s not finished. That part, I mean the whole thing wasn’t finished anyway. So that’s sort of how it
works. It’s that kind of interchange with it and sometimes I think it’s finished and it looks great. Two
weeks later I think it looks embarrassed. Sometimes you just have to put the work away and not look
at it for a while and then I like it better after a month. So it has all these variations.