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“Nature is interesting. Human nature is interesting: its narrative in terms of form, weight and space and all those other aspects pertaining to the domain of sculpture and how those things can create a tactile experience, which in turn can give rise to feeling, which can evoke memory, which can awaken the heart and activate one’s being.”
Jan Abt, 2015

I think it is best to gain understanding through experience, by way of working through a problem or, more positively stated, by way of working and discovering, rather then by following an priori formed idea . The latter often tends to become my cave-diver's nightmare with an ever narrowing pathway ahead, no more room to breathe or squeeze and not any known way back. An idea can be a start, yes, but then I better try not to hold on to it for long because every act is only an approximation of an imagined ideal. Each step taken by hand, touch and eye is really a beautiful mistake holding the promise of untapped possibility. Wonderful actually.

A quote by David Foster Wallace, which I lifted from a television interview he did in the 90's.
" ... popular culture, sitcoms, etc, [...] are often full of irony and dark humor. One can think of that as a sort of commentary, as the pretense of protest. [...] Irony is the song of a bird, which sings about not liking its cage, when in fact it has come to like it."