"Miraculous and Needy" (1991)

"Miraculous and Needy," 1991
Acrylic and enamel on mahogany panel, 82 x 66 inches. Private collection, Los Angeles. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio.
Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

"I know that the work has a brutal side to it. There’s even a strong implied violence to it, an internalized violence. It’s not a personal one, really; it’s a social violence. And I still want it somehow not just to be a document of will alone or power alone that somehow has to be mediated through its appearance. I invest a lot in the power of something looking one way but implying another. I’m not interested in brute force. I’m interested in the brute force of high tea. And maybe that’s what I might identify with more."

- Lari Pittman