"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 can’t use the word ‘abstraction’. I’m a very literal-minded person. I know my paintings. I know this isn’t a real figure, because it doesn’t have any arms. At one point it had hands in the pockets without arms attached. And I thought, 'Well, are you doing a figure or are you doing this presence? You’re doing the presence.' So I let go of whatever I needed to, and I kept what I wanted. "
- Susan Rothenberg