To write is to organize a relationship. –artist, Marcel Broodthaers
Words are events, they do things, change things.
They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it.
They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.
— Ursula K. Le Guin
All these things are offshoots of words… Words are the most important part, and if they don’t mean a lot, I have a hard time with the rest of it.
— Laurie Anderson, 1983
I begin a painting with a series of mistakes…For me the medium of oil painting resists, more strongly than others, content cut off from external relations. It continually threatens, because of its motility and subtlety, to complicate a work beyond the simplicity inherent in a high order of abstraction. I attribute my increasing devotion to oil, lately as against the constructionalism of collage, to a greater involvement in the human world. A shift in one’s human situation entails a shift in one’s technique and subject-matter.
Robert Motherwell, 1947, statement
A painter who addresses the public not just in order to present his works, but to reveal some of his ideas on the art of painting, exposes himself to several dangers.
Notes of a Painter (1908)