"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."
Kerry James Marshall Viewing "Many Mansions" (1994) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000
"When I started out, I mean, the artists that I really admired, people like Géricault, that whole genre of history painting, that grand narrative style of painting was something that I really wanted to position my work in relation to. And so in order to achieve a similar kind of authority that those paintings had, I had to adopt a similar structural format."
—Kerry James Marshall