Isamu Noguchi, Personage I, 1984. Andesite sculpture.

Personage I

It is not that the stone is so perfect in itself. Imperfection is itself a help in guiding the artist, not perfection. But obviously there must be something in the stone, a predisposition that permits the artist to imagine, and something in the sequence of its cutting that has a rationale which reveals the sculpture in all its economy. Personage I is close to the essential sculpture I strive for.
Original Noguchi Collection
Quotations by Isamu Noguchi from The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987), unless otherwise noted.