"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."
"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