"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"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