"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."
"I want to present this image of the relationship that I had through the eyes and through the guise of nineteenth century academic painting. Because we are dealing with England and France, who invented Rome in a way. They invented Rome to help glorify their own role as great colonial powers with India and Africa and whatever they were colonizing...I’ve always loved [salon painting] anyway. It’s such campy painting."
- Eleanor Antin