Making What I Want is a reminder to myself to pursue any and all of the things that interest and inspire me. It is a banner under which I create. It is a publishing company, a record label, and a motto. It allows me the freedom to have a life full of small, beautiful, rewarding things. There are plenty of tasks and chores that I may not like to do, but when viewed on the whole, any unpleasantness just serves to strengthen the good parts. I hope that "Making What I Want" does not come across as arrogant or boastful. I am here to make things. I live and work to find little moments of depth and amplify them.
As for my heading...Giving Life To Dead Things For Over 25 Years...I see it as an overriding theme in most of the work that I do. When writing songs it is the words that are dead before they are sung into life. The strings of an instrument without a pulse await the fingers to give them voice. A tune tells YOU how it's going to be played or written. And when making music in a room the air and walls themselves absorb the sound and change it; responding and reflecting.
With sculptures, there is a certain balance to be struck, a curve to find, that will give the final figure a sense of movement. What I am seeking to do, with the birds especially, is give the impression that at any moment they might move. I'm after the illusion that when you walk away or turn your head, they could take a step, or swoop to another wall. (I talk more about this in the Artist Statement from a past show)
However, when making wine, I can not claim much responsibility for the life that transforms the fruit and sugar into an intoxicating, and occasionally tasty, drink. In this I feel most like a scientist by giving a little beast called yeast a happy home to do it's magic. This feels like the simplest form of alchemy.
This is what I do. This is what I want. I hope that I will always embrace change and listen to my world.