William Wegman
[Artist, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 I was working with mud and photographs and thread, eyelashes, carrots and acetone... I was throwing radios off of buildings and ... I remember floating styrofoam commas down the Milwaukee River. 
 Man Ray... loved games and absolutely knew about the camera. It is interesting to note that although I used him in only about 10 percent of the photographs and videotapes, most people think of him as omnipresent in my work. It irked me sometimes to be known only as the guy with the dog, but on the other hand it was a thrill to have a famous dog. 
 Sometimes I’ve drawn on autobiographical material, maybe situations that I’ve felt trapped by, and turned them into something else, but in a very superficial way. When you find yourself thinking and worrying about certain things they become ridiculous. 
 I was really relieved not to have to drag something in front of the camera, I could use a pencil and paper. A regular pencil and typing paper. That appealed to me. (On his drawings) 
 [Man Ray] takes a lot of pressure off me. It’s like having a third person in a conversation; one of you doesn’t have to talk all the time. 
 I was born on a tiny cot in southwestern Massachusetts during World War II. A sickly child, I turned to photography to overcome my loneliness and isolation. 
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