"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."
"The way I see beauty is as a state of being for a thing that has a kind of fascination about it, or as a thing that presents a certain kind of fascination to you as a viewer. It's certainly something that's captivating; it's something's that's compelling. Beauty is a phenomenological experience, and a basic component of it is intrigue."
- Kerry James Marshall