"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."
"I don't think that simply because I am an artist, or because anybody is an artist, that people ought to give their attention to the things that we've made. In some ways we have to earn our audience's attention, and one of the ways we earn our audience's attention is to make things that are phenomenologically fascinating."
- Kerry James Marshall