"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."
Installation view, "Jeff Koons," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008)
"I think that I’ve built a wide vocabulary to work with. I make paintings; I make sculptures. I make public works. And within the images themselves, some are more figurative and some are more abstract. Sometimes I’ll play a little game with myself where I’ll think, “Okay, did I ever make an artwork with a bird? Oh yeah, there was a bird on Buster Keaton (1988) and a bird on top of Stacked (1988). Okay, well what about a donkey? Oh yeah ... , Donkey (1999).” I’ve worked with a lot of different images, and I’ve always enjoyed the space it gives my work."