‘I never took a sculpture class. I donʼt know how to weld, cast, carve stone, or work with wood. I have an incredible amount of patience except when it comes to the very technical, and Iʼve always made things. As a child it was crafty kinds of things: needlepoint, macramé (this was the ʼ70s!), decoupage. . . Then when I got to college I took some painting and drawing classes and was really interested in architecture. I thought I might try to be an architect, but in the end I didn’t have that particular kind of stamina. This is why my earlier works are very much like architectural models, and most definitely why I used foam core.
Papier-mâché was the lowest tech, the cheapest way I could make larger, paintable forms. You work with what you have, and that includes the history youʼre given. My work definitely references other art and periods, not to mention non-art objects or forms that already exist in the world. I donʼt cultivate this aspect of the work, but itʼs inevitable, and this irritates me at times.’ — Vincent Fecteau
From Vincent Fecteau’s talks on how he feels about the development of his works over the years:
‘I’m not sure I think of the work as “developing”. I have come to accept that I have limited interests and abilities. Over time I have become more and more convinced that the best way for me to continue is to try to connect as completely as I can with my intuition. I’m not interested in strategies or theories as such. I think meaning arises from the making; it can be prescribed. I’m not sure what will come next but I’m less interested in it “getting better” than becoming clearer and more truthful.’