Kurt Schwitter's 'Merze' collages made from the daily tide of paper detritus, odd bits of things that are washed up and snagged in our consciousness, stuff gleaned from dog eared magazines and forgotton bus tickets fished out from pockets, are an inspiration. All these carefully selected and composed fragments are evidence that beauty and meaning can be discovered in the most unlikely of places. This aesthetic of the ordinary and insignificant provides an important modern foundation for a playful 'art of poverty' charged with particular value and significance.
Pablo Picasso. Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock -, Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, London, 1963, p. 258 (translation Daphne Woodward)