As early in my childhood as I can remember, I have “made things”—even my dreams were filled with images of how I would finish a drawing, a miniature carved tribe of soldiers, a wire sculpture—images never ceased to bubble up in my imagination. Key to my work through the decades of my art-making, is experimentation with materials—encaustic, bronze, raw pigments, found objects, clay. Because I make my own paint and work with such a variety of media, the process is all-important to me: the final image is only the outcome of my artistic experience—that process is what has shaped my identity as an artist and as a person.

John Ratajkowski