"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."
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."