"They can begin with any idea. They can begin with a found object; they can begin with no object; they can begin sometimes even when I'm sweeping the floor and I stumble and kick a few parts that happen to be thrown into an alignment that sets me off on thinking. It sets off a vision of how it would finish if it all had that kind of accidental beauty to it. They go that way, they go anyway."
David Smith, in Interviews with American Artists by David Sylvester