"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."
"’Initial’ (1989) is a relatively small painting on a thin panel. I had it sitting on a large easel in my studio and, to keep the panel off the bottom of the easel, I put two little wood pegs on the painting to lift it. I painted it and I kept seeing the little pegs of wood, and somehow the wood seemed to be part of the painting. So when I attached it to the wall, I put the two pegs underneath- slightly off angle. They weren’t exactly straight under the panel. So the pegs became an element of the painting, and the painting was glued to the wall along with the pegs."
- Robert Ryman