“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
Method of working
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 a priori formed idea. Ideas are based on reduced models of reality, "ideals" and so can only fulfill their promise in a theoretic context where ingredients and boundaries are fully known. In sculpture, surely an idea can be a start but once underway one is better off not trying to hold on to it too tightly because every conscious action taken, each move by hand, touch and eye are also simultaneously fused with myriads of subtle forces that often cause "mis-takes" of the idea with but with the gift of unforeseen possibilities.The predictability of a fully executed idea can not offer that.
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."