Ghastly One, 2004, carved from a single piece of curly maple The King, 2008, carved from two pieces of basswood The Queen, 2010, carved from laminated basswood The Swimmer, 2007, carved from a single piece of basswood Interview with STEFANIE ROCKNAK: Your childhood ambition: That’s easy. My childhood ambition was to become an artist, i.e. a professional artist. I have wavered here and there (e.g. by spending so much time on philosophy), but for the most part, I have stuck to it. Something you treasure: In addition to time with good friends and family, I treasure meticulously crafted objects, 2D or 3D. I think that real craftsmanship has dropped out of the high-art scene; this is unfortunate. Your worst habit: That’s easy too. I work too much. But maybe that’s my best habit too. The aspect of your work that’s most important to you: The emotive quality. I want my work to move people. Yes, the representational part is important, but it is secondary to the emotional content. Your first job: Picking apples! I still remember racing around trying to get as many bushels as possible. I was in 8th grade and saving up to buy scuba equipment. Someone whose work you highly recommend: Yoav Liberman; http://www.yoavliberman.com. He is a studio furniture maker; his work is surprising and very well made. View Stefanie Rocknak’s artwork here.