(…) Then the suggestion of the human body, I want to show it in an indirect way, through fingerprints or fragments, through signs. You must have noticed paintings with ambiguous representations of an arm, a hand, an armpit. I have even sought spots of the body that people consider ignoble with an aim to proving that all parts of the human body, even those considered the dirtiest, are as respectable as the others.
(…) At first I didn’t analyze this at all, but lately I have been studying the art of the Far East. Here this ambiguity is very important and I have realized that by simply drawing things lightly the spectators are forced to complete them with their imagination. This leads to the participation of the spectators in the act of creation, which I find extremely important.
Translated to English from: Antoni Tàpies, La realitat com a art, Barcelona: Laertes, 1982