My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in art work which is also wordless and silent.
It is really wonderful to contemplate the experience and the works.
But with regard to the inner life of each of us it may be of great significance. If we can perceive ourselves in the work – not the work but ourselves when viewing the work – then the work is important. If we can know our response, see in ourselves what we have received from a work, that is the way to the understanding of truth and beauty.
We cannot understand the process of life – that is everything that happens to everyone. But we can know the truth by seeing ourselves, by seeing the response to the work in ourselves.
Those who depend on the intellect are the many. Those who depend on perception alone are the few.
Agnes Martin, painter, New York, 1974