I first choose a set of tools and a set of materials as necessary limits and starting points for any artistic work. I let the history of the tools and the materials direct me at the outset, and depart from those histories as needs change and possibilities sprawl while working. I try to bring the selected tools and materials to the present, and perhaps beyond, with the relevant parts of their histories still intact. I see myself as a repository and steward of old methods in a world that quickly forgets and doesn't need to. From this stance I construct objects and take actions that in form reference natural phenomena, and the constructions and activities of other humans. How do these two categories with their transient and fuzzy borders win space in a crowded world?