"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"Verzelini’s Acts of Faith (Glass from Paintings of the Life of Christ)" (1996)
"I don’t really believe in history. And I think that at some level that’s one subject of some of my work- the fact that history is mutable, which is essentially denying history. So either you can believe there is this thing called history which is a linear narrative or in some general sense a linear narrative with a definable kind of thrust to it, or you could say that there’s just a lot of different stories. And if you believe that, which I would argue I believe, then you can’t really break with them. You could only reassemble them, possibly in some other way. Or you could add your own. I am interested in the past because for me it seems like a very rich thing to try to understand, especially because art is essentially a physical remnant of a moment."
- Josiah McElhrny