True strength is delicate.— Louise Berliawsky Nevelson
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I think most artists create out of despair.
The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within.
No matter how individual we humans are, we are a composite of everything we are aware of. We are a mirror of our times.
What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable.
It gave me great pleasure to think that I could take wood, make it good, and make people like Rockefeller buy it with paper money.
I always wanted to show the world that art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.
I think all great innovations are built on rejections.
A white lace curtain on the window was for me as important as a great work of art. This gossamer quality, the reflection, the form, the movement. I learned more about art from that than I did in school.
I see no reason why I should tickle stones or waste time on polishing bronze.
I make collages. I join the shattered world creating a new harmony.
I feel totally female. I didn't compete with men and I don't want to look like a man! I love being a lady and dressing up and masquerading and wearing all the fineries. I'm breaking down the idea that the artist has to look poor, with berets.
You know when I decided to become professional - that means to expose yourself naked to the world with the other creative minds - I said, 'I'm going into areas I don't know. I might just fall right down to hell and kill myself.
I never feel age... If you have creative work you don't have age or time.
I'm in tune with the right vibrations in the universe when I'm in the process of working.
I think people should think a million times before they give birth.
The guilts of motherhood were the worst guilts in the world for me. They were really insurmountable. You see, you are depriving another human being of so many things, and the other party also knows it.
I've taught, and the first thing I did when I taught art, was not to teach art.
I only know this - that you can’t give advice to an artist.
There's no denying that Caruso came with a voice?that Beethoven came with music in his soul, Picasso was drawing like an angel in the crib.You're born with it.
I don’t demand that all work be a masterpiece.
What I am doing is the right thing for me - that is what I am and this is living. It reflects me and I reflect it.
If you have got a living force and you're not using it, nature kicks you back.
The blood boils just like you put it in a pot.
When you put things together, things that other people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created.
Character is the architect of the being.
Most of us have to be transplanted before we blossom.
I believe in my work and in the joy of it.
You have to be with the work and the work has to be with you. It absorbs you totally and you absorb it totally.
In my studio I'm as happy as a cow in her stall.
That's the only place where everything is all right.
But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color.
It wasn’t a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all.... You can be quiet and it contains the whole thing.
I began to stack my sculptures into an environment. It was natural. It was a flowing of energy.
A woman may not hit a ball stronger than a man, but it is different. I prize that difference.
Who is an artist? I say we take a title. No one gives it to us. We make our lives.
In the first grade, I already knew the pattern of my life.
I didn't know the living of it, but I knew the line… From the first day in school until the day I graduated, everyone gave me one hundred plus in art. Well, where do you go in life? You go to the place where you got one hundred plus.
It is as hard to take success as it is failure.
The freer that women become, the freer men will be.
Because when you enslave someone, you are enslaved.
You must create your own world. I am responsible for my world.
And I saw darkness for weeks. It never dawned on me that I could come out of it, but you heal. Nature heals you, and you do come out of it. All of a sudden I saw a crack of light ... then all of a sudden I saw another crack of light. Then I saw forms in the light. And I recognized that there was no darkness, that in darkness there'll always be light.
I was discouraged about life, discouraged about people being blind, but I don't think I had a day that I ever questioned creativity. There has never been a day like that.
In the end, as you get older and older, your life is your life, and you are alone with it.
If they blow it [the world] up, that's not my business. My business is to work.
My husband's family was terribly refined.
Within their circle you could know Beethoven, but God forbid if you were Beethoven.
I knew that a day I took away from the work did not make me too happy.
Some of us come on earth seeing – some of us come on earth seeing color.
[Good taste] is a nineteenth-century concept.
And good taste has never really been defined. The effort of projecting 'good taste' is so studied that it offends me. No, I prefer to negate that. We have to put a period to so-called good taste.
I never for one minute questioned what I had to do.
I did not think for one minute that I didn't have what I had. If just didn't dawn on me. And so if you know what you have, then you know that there's nobody on earth that can affect you.
What we start with is a conviction to fulfill our being.
Horses, trees fulfill themselves. Why shouldn't people.
It's a hell of a thing to be born, and if you're born you're at least entitled to your own self.
Early in school, they called me 'the artist.
' When teachers wanted things painted, they called upon me, they called upon 'the artist.' I am not saying that I learned my name, animals can learn their names, I am saying that they learned it.
When you are doing a piece you are with it.
You don't want to wait until next week, when experience will have given you something else.
You take a painting, you have a white, virginal piece of canvas that is the world of purity, and then you put your imagery on it, and you try to bring it back to the original purity.
I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside.
A whisper can be stronger, as an atom is stronger, than a whole mountain.
I never liked the middle ground-the most boring place in the world.