Agnes Bernice Martin (22/3/1912 – 16/12/2004) was a Canadian-born American abstract painter, often referred to as a minimalist; Martin considered herself an abstract expressionist.
“not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.”
“To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like. Give up doing the things that you do not like to do. You must find the things that you do like. The things that are acceptable to your mind.”
“When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.”
"My art expresses my life as it is at anygiven moment. It emphasizes my thoughts and feelings at the time. Some sculptures deal with feelings oflost orunused abilities - of which only the remains can be framed for display . Other sculptures represent the intimacy of a relationship in a minimal way - a single mouth . Also, I have created a humorous sculpture of agrotesque situation, in which "weary" figures attempt to drink tea from an energetic tea set - an attempt to capture an almost impossiblemoment in life."
“I would like that anyone whosees my workfeels something – what they feel is not relevant to me, as long as they feel. I hope that the emerging feelings will cause the viewers tothink about the ideas behind my work… The combination of ceramic cups with ceramic fingers represent an idea in which the still creates a will of its own, enabling a cup to decide whether to stay or leave the situation it is in.”
“By combining ceramic sculptures of body parts within, the still object is transformed from a passive, used object, to an active one with the ability to choose how to behave in an encountered situation: to feed or not, to shout, to stay or to escape. My works deal with emotional states and relationships”.
"The use of fingers and mouths in my work is full of intent andmeaning. The fingers and the mouth are very sensual organs in the human body and are therefore very powerful as separated items from it. The “seamless” combination of these organs in plates or cups, appearing as one, creates, in my opinion, new items that“feel” their environment and respondto it."