"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."
"For me, and I think this is different for all artists, I can have as much control as I want to have. But the minute I start controlling it too much, it stops making sense. I don’t want that mark-by-mark control. I want a certain amount...and then I want to let go of it. And I’m not talking about happy accidents. That’s not like what really happens in the work. If I let something just slide off, it’s not something that I’m not seeing. I see every little inch of it. It’s all about getting what I intend and what my head and my emotions want and what my arm does. And letting my arm do things that I think I don’t know about."
- Elizabeth Murray