"Radiant and Needy" (1992)

"Radiant and Needy," 1992
Acrylic and enamel on mahogany panels, 48 x 36 inches. Private collection, Los Angeles. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio.
Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

"The remembrance of death- memento mori- is a big part of the work. And, again, it’s bittersweet because you want to commemorate death but you are consumed with the mandate of aesthetics. So you have to fuse within the object the mandate to address life and death, and then the formal mandate to address aesthetics and connoisseurship. They must be fused together in the object."

- Lari Pittman