Wolf’s steel sculptures tell us nothing about the artist himself, remaining as he does behind the abstract forms of his work, and yet they are also very personal. ‘The Missing Pieces cycle is the history of my life. I have travelled in the Arabian world, in Asia and in India, and reinforced by my interest in history have begun to reflect on such issues as communication, the history of mankind, tolerance, and mutual understanding between nations. This exposure to so many different influences has brought me to the theme of the Missing Pieces.’
Even with his decades-long knowledge of steel and how it can be worked, Wolf takes no part in manufacturing his pieces, choosing instead to use outside specialists to complete the process. ‘It is important for me to keep away from the physical creation of the work – that way I can keep it in perspective. My role is to conceive an abstract formulation of these great questions such that they can then be transformed into a physical object. I find it fascinating if I can transform a thought, or a feeling, or a problem into a design. And if an outside viewer should formulate his own feelings and thoughts in the presence of one of my works, even if from a completely different point of view from mine, that is an equally fascinating event.
If I were alone on a desert island I am sure I would be doing just the same things, even though there was no one else to see them. And because my own perceptions can change over time, I often find I look at one of my pieces later on in a completely different light from when I first created it. The earlier perceptions condense and take on a force of their own. I want to set in motion that process of thinking about communication, within myself and within other people, which leads on to new work. I am quite certain that in ‘The Missing Piece’ there are other works about which we do not yet have the slightest idea. The exploration of this theme is by no means complete. It’s only just beginning.’