"Open Drawer" (1998)

"Open Drawer," 1998
Oil on canvas, 112 x 108 inches
Photo by Ellen Page Wilson
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"Helen Vendler, an expert on Shakespeare’s sonnets, writes about what Shakespeare reveals and what he conceals. I think that art, all art, does that. That’s what the artist’s role is. You don’t always know what you’re revealing, and you don’t always know what you are concealing, until you get it out there, and then you make your decisions. And there, that’s a decision- when I laugh at something. I know I want it to be there. It becomes intent."

- Elizabeth Murray