I always think of each work as a world that already exists in another dimension. My job is to find out what the principles of that world are and to help bring the piece to life. In moments of doubt I always say to it: “please make yourself known.”
The origin of each piece is different. Sometimes, something that I have read inspires me; sometimes, I’ll be walking down the street and a melody comes into my mind; other times, an idea will just pop up at an odd moment. The discipline of daily work creates a context for these impulses.
What excites me is the process of discovery, of getting past the initial period of being in the dark with only a hunch to go on. I’ve learned to tolerate the discomfort and fear of hanging out in the unknown. I try to remember to take it step by step and remain playful. Then, suddenly interest and curiosity take over and the fear is gone. Little by little, the piece becomes itself. The miracle of this process is what keeps me going.