Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good Work

You see, I think that we have measurements in our bodies. Measurements in our eyes. Look, dear, we walk on two feet. So we're vertical. That doesn't mean the work has to be vertical, but it means there is a weight within ourselves, or this flight. All these things are within the being: weight and measure and color. And if the work is good work, it is built on these laws and principles that we have within ourselves. So when you use a vertical line or a horizontal line, or a texture or the way the shadow falls or a thinner piece or a heavier piece, it all kind of satisfies something in the soul - or, I don't like the word soul, satisfies something within the deed.

You add or subtract until you feel. . . the form, the principle, that something that makes the house stand, that makes you stand.

- Louise Nevelson. Dawns and Dusks: Conversations with Diana McKown. New York: Scribner's, 1976 (120).