“I was sitting, waiting for Inspiration about innocence… into my mind, there came a grid, lines going this way, and lines going that way, and they were innocent. They looked like innocence.” – Agnes Martin, retreating into the desert, was seeking a means to communicate pure emotion, to give viewers a direct aesthetic experience, verging on the spiritual, with her spare, ethereal, grid-based compositions.
She plays with the tension between the geometric determinacy of the grid and manual imprecision. Humans are filled with error, yet we understand the concept of perfection. The repetitive nature of her work is like a mantra.
“I really wanted abstract, without any cause in this world… the painting like a map to your inner responses…
to the art within you.”