"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."
"It’s an image that’s got a lot of associations with it which I put in this very cold, scientific kind of dressing that I like to put my work in...you know, just the facts. I was seeing whether I could put an image that’s so charged emotionally into this kind of context...into another element, because most of my images are pretty emotional for some people. And it’s one of the elements that I kind of neutralize."
- Vija Celmins