"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."
"Just the pencil on paper makes this incredible darkness and a real unity between the paper and the pencil itself being very clear, yet being pushed to the point where it becomes quite rich. The starry night images came out of using the pencil...and making the image dark by going over and over and over until the surface is really filled."
- Vija Celmins