"Worm's Eye" (2002)

"Worm's Eye," 2002
Oil on canvas, 97 x 92 inches
Photo by Ellen Page Wilson
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"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 ...

continue reading

"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

done reading
Nope ×
Close ×
Close ×
Answer one question. Improve our website.

Today, I’m visiting the ART21 website:

Done. Thank you!

What is this?

We’re always looking for ways to improve our site, so we want to know why you’re here and how we can help you find the information you need. For specific questions or comments about our website or this survey, please contact us. Thanks for your help!