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The objects in your show are just slightly off. Why doesn’t the telephone you made have a zero key? I wanted to use it to call my mom.
Well, sorry, mum. I suppose, aesthetically, I wanted it to be a square—and it could accommodate nine numbers, as in three rows of three. All of the objects in the exhibition are functional, but their function is denied or made difficult somehow through me making them as artworks. But they are functional, which seems to be the raison d’être for the sculptural artwork I make these days. I don’t make sculptures “of” things anymore—now I make sculptures that “are” things.