"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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