"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."
"Then eventually I was just using a lot of mannequins and dolls to suggest that there is actually a living person in the picture but it was in fact all still life. In a lot of that work people just assume that I’m still there, that my eyes are the eyes that you see through the mask or that the hand in the foreground is actually my hand, as if I still have to be in the picture somehow."