"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"There’s a wonderful book, In Praise of Shadows, by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, that has to do with the way in which light is culturally used. For the Japanese and the Chinese, the way a shaft of light falls to illuminate the pot that’s sitting on the table is one sort of aesthetic dimension and idea. On the other hand, there is that German, Brechtian sort of idea where that light is so brilliant, bright, hard, and brash that nothing can hide from it."
-Carrie Mae Weems