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'Any idea that is too precise at the outset: it can blind one to new ideas that might otherwise appear while work is in progress. Everything significant occurs within this creative "meanwhile" (which is one of the mysteries of art) Before is irrelevant... And after we stand in front of a fait accompli, a definite result, definitely locked in its own moment in time, and which we call a painting' (Pierre Alechinsky, 'Interview with Michael Gibson' in Pierre Alechinsky: Margin and Centre, exh. cat. New York 1987, p. 15).