Brown (bottom left) and green (top right) interlocking abstract forms painted with a gap between them; image is centered and lies on the diagonal.
Although most of Tuttle’s prolific artistic output since he began his career in the 1960s has taken the form of three-dimensional objects, he commonly refers to his work as drawing rather than sculpture, emphasizing the diminutive scale and idea-based nature of his practice. He subverts the conventions of modernist sculptural practice (defined by grand heroic gestures, monumental scale, and the ‘macho’ materials of steel, marble, and bronze) and instead creates small, eccentrically playful objects in decidedly humble, even ‘pathetic’ materials such as paper, rope, string, cloth, wire, twigs, cardboard, bubble wrap, nails, Styrofoam, and plywood. Influences on his work include calligraphy (he has a strong interest in the intrinsic power of line), poetry, and language. (http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/tuttle/index.html, accessed 1 Feb 2010)