"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
"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