Ever since I was a boy in rural Iowa, I have liked making things with my hands. By now, I find it to be ecological, therapeutic, even redemptive. But beyond thought, it just feels good. As best as I can remember, it’s as much fun as when I was a boy; and as I get older, such handwork increasingly suits me. Though it may sometimes appear to represent “inefficiency in the pursuit of the unnecessary,” it’s a position and act of quiet defiance, gratifying in ways I can’t easily explain. Some of the pleasure is surely that it makes me feel connected with ancient artisans–across cultures and throughout the world–who routinely made useful things which were more carefully crafted and beautiful than they really needed to be.
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Derrick A. Te Paske is represented by McGowan Fine Art.