"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"I can actually say that I became an artist when I discovered Duchamp and what he did with the Readymades, when he gave the artist the freedom to say, "This is art because I name it." That was what interested me. I didn’t have to study art. I didn’t have to use any particular material. I could work with ideas and then find the right materials for those ideas. People look at my work, see a hundred pieces in the last twenty-five years, and think they’re done by fifty different artists because I move from material to material according to the issues I’m dealing with."
- Alfredo Jaar