"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"The initial development of that unequivocally black, emphatically black figure was so that I would use them as figures that function rhetorically in the painting...And one of the things that I had been thinking about when I started to develop that figure was the way in which the folk and folklore of blackness always seemed to carry a derogatory connotation...A part of what I was thinking to do with my image was to reclaim the images of blackness as an emblem of power, instead of an image of derision."
- Kerry James Marshall