"The Curiosity Shop" (2005)

"The Curiosity Shop," 2005
Mixed media, 12 1/2 x 28 x 12 feet. Installation view: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Private Collection, New York and Amsterdam
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

"I’m constantly going to flea markets, yard sales, and junk stores and buying things specifically for projects, but also for myself and my friends. I try to keep these compartments stable but they tend to blur into one another, so an object may find its way into a work or into my private collections. I have very eccentric collections- oil cans, wooden mallets, stuffed birds, cabinet cards, photographs of boats and animals in zoos, and just dozens and dozens of things. It’s a way to continually be engaged with my work. Some artists paint, some sculpt, some take photographs, and I shop. That’s what I do."
- Mark Dion