"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 worked on this ocean image and I carved it. The thing that’s so neat is that it has movement in it, and at the same time it’s like a rock, so totally closed and solid. And it fluctuates between those two. When you’re far away from the work, for instance, you see that it looks like a little gray area that’s been worried to death. When you come up close you see that the thing has been made and carved, and I hope at some point you get a little ‘boing!’ like I still do."
- Vija Celmins