"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 was very bad in mathematics when I was a high-school student. I found that I was a visual person. I had to confirm everything by eye, not by abstract thinking. Once a mathematical theory got abstract, my eyes couldn’t visualize it. So I just gave up trying to understand perfectly. I could sense with my brain, 'Maybe this functions...,' but I just felt uncomfortable not having confirmed it with my visual understanding. So I became more like a visual artist, not an abstract thinker. Now, I again encounter that my way of understanding mathematics is purely visual."
- Hiroshi Sugimoto