"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"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