"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"Helen and Annie/Birdie Jo Infusion Inversion," production still (2002)
"All these sources or models had to do with the paradox- the strange cultural fixation- that we find pleasure in the misfortunes of others. With regard to the popular films, I was questioning why the ascendance of an actor is expressed through the affliction of a character. Why- in order to demonstrate mastery as an actor- does one have to play someone who’s disfigured, deformed, or psychotic? It’s an odd paradox- that in order to demonstrate one’s craft, one has to do it through that kind of role. I had an acting teacher once who said, ‘If you can do this- play blindness or disease or psychosis- then as an actor you’re really hunting the big game.’ (And that’s my title, ‘Big Hunt.’)"
- Catherine Sullivan