It's valuable to train yourself to see essentials. Something is essential if when taken away, the original thing no longer exists. If you change the proportions of a mouth, it's still a mouth, so proportion isn't essential. But if you took away the large planes of the top lip and bottom lip, so it was a smooth cylander again, it wouldn't be a mouth. It's valuable to think this way about every concept. Every sculpting experience feels to me like a mini representation of my entire experience of life. I think creating is my spirituality.