"On two occasions I was fortunate to view a vast collection of terra cotta and stone figures from the Valley of the Niger and the Western Sahara, some dating back to 1000 B.C. Through the generosity of a friend, I had the unique opportunity to draw freely in the presence of these hollow figures as they stood in the open air within arm's reach. Deep inside their dark crevices, beneath the modeled surface, touched in the raw by their maker, whispered their timeless spirit, perceivable by a profound internal darkness in the gaping of a mouth or a slant of an eye. That such vessels have not shattered to oblivion like the community that produced them is a testament to the dense energy they contain. Each possesses a unique persona, embodying and preserving the eternal element of their creator. Earthy and emotionally charged, from clay and stone they have risen, come together, and gathered to illuminate and advise the world, like the wounded warriors of a long-forgotten war."
- Susan Weinreich