Beatrice Wood Quotes

Beatrice Wood (March 3, 1893 – March 12, 1998) was an American artist and studio potter involved in the Avant Garde movement in the United States; she founded The Blind Man magazine in New York City with French artist Marcel Duchamp and writer Henri-Pierre Roché in 1917. She had earlier studied art and theater in Paris, and was working in New York as an actress. She later worked at sculpture and pottery. Wood was characterized as the "Mama of Dada."

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Beatrice Wood


And I think maybe all women, if they just had a chance, would be romantic and believe in love and not sex. And men believe in sex and not love.

Beatrice Wood


Certainly I was relatively a refined person. No way a tramp.

Beatrice Wood


You know, God, the power that makes life, whatever it is, had just to make two things, masculine and feminine, for all this mischief. And made them so there is this entirely different point of view about love and sex.

Beatrice Wood


The second time I was there I met Marcel Duchamp, and we immediately fell for each other. Which doesn't mean a thing because I think anybody who met Marcel fell for him.

Beatrice Wood


Do be true to yourself, whether it's bad doesn't matter. The important thing - you have to copy while you're studying. And culture is - each of us - is like one pearl added to another to make a chain. We each contribute to the other. And that's all right. But once you're on your own, do that which comes from within. And I feel this very strongly.

Beatrice Wood


First of all, I'd like to say here the fact that I'm not naturally a craftsman has made me work very hard.

Beatrice Wood


I was in a convent for a year.

Beatrice Wood


Here in America we're doing the most wonderful crafts.

Beatrice Wood


And I have exposed myself to art so that my work has something beyond just the usual potter.

Beatrice Wood


But I was very, very unhappy because my mother was very charming and generous, but to me, very dominating.

Beatrice Wood


Yes, because when you're in love, you are shy.

Beatrice Wood


A rich poet from Harvard has no sense in his mind, except the aesthetic.

Beatrice Wood


I happen to believe that there is an afterlife

Beatrice Wood


You can't change the world, you can only change yourself.

Beatrice Wood


Very few people know how to work. Inspiration, everybody has inspiration. That's just hot air.

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