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As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion.
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Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.
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Everyone is of course free to interpret the work in his own way. I think seeing a picture is one thing and interpreting it is another.
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I am just trying to find a way to make pictures.
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I assumed that everything would lead to complete failure, but I decided that didn't matter - that would be my life.
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I don't know how to organise thoughts. I don't know how to have thoughts.
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I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason.
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I never wish for critics.
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I often find that having an idea in my head prevents me from doing something else. Working is therefore a way of getting rid of an idea.
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I tend to like things that already exist.
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I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement.
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I'm interested in things which suggest the world rather than express the personality... The most conventional thing, the most ordinary thing - it seems to me that those things can be dealt with without having to judge them; they seem to me to exist as clear facts, not involving aesthetic hierarchy.
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Ideas either come or they don't come.
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In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in.
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Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life.
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Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space... but I don't understand that.
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One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space.
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One works without thinking how to work.
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Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither.
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The thing is, if you believe in the unconscious - and I do - there's room for all kinds of possibilities that I don't know how you prove one way or another.
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To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.
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Whatever I do seems artificial and false, to me.
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When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive.
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When you work you learn something about what you are doing and you develop habits and procedures out of what you're doing.
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