"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."
"The painting is built around what you could call a very classically Renaissance, architectural, or geometric structure. The most obvious thing you can see is this pyramidal, triangulated structure that the figures are fitted into...One of the reasons I used that structure was because when I started out the artists and works that I really admired- like Géricault's 'The Wrath of the Medusa'- 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 the similar structural format to develop my painting."
- Kerry James Marshall