I owe these to Claes Oldenburg. He said he "...didn't want to do art that sat on it's ass in a museum."
For me at the time I had collected discarded work gloves and didn't know what to do with them. What Oldenburg said to me was think of art that points to something in the world rather than other art. If I used the image of, or an actual, work glove and gave it a special something-then when you saw a discarded work glove on the sidewalk-and thought of the "art object" that I had made out of it: you would see that discarded object as having traces of life layered on it.