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Beverly Pepper

  • In the end, I feel that one has to have a bit of neurosis to go on being an artist. A balanced human seldom produces art. It's that imbalance which impels us. I often think that all I want to do now is to avoid suicide, accidental or otherwise. Other than that, I think living on the edge is what drives my work and me beyond a certain point. The artist lives with anxiety. When you finally reach a plateau of achievement, there comes a new anxiety — the hunger to push on still further. That angst is what makes you go forward.

    • Beverly Pepper,
    • in Eleanor Munro, Originals: American Women Artists ()
  • I don't believe that you can put content into art. The content is in yourself.

    • Beverly Pepper,
    • in Architectural Digest ()
  • I learned that making art is work. It was the beginning of a belligerent commitment. For instance, now I go to my studio every day. Some days the work comes easily. Other days nothing happens. Yet on the good days the inspiration is only an accumulation of all the other days, the nonproductive days.

    • Beverly Pepper,
    • in Eric Maisel, Fearless Creating ()
  • The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.

    • Beverly Pepper,
    • in Reader's Digest ()

Beverly Pepper, U.S. sculptor

(1922)