"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"I think that the decorative aspect of the work comes systemically, organically, naturally, to me because it was really allowed to bloom and blossom and wasn’t curtailed or curbed when I was a child. You don’t understand the implications of those situations when you’re a child. Only in retrospect do you acknowledge perhaps how pivotal or how powerful they were as signifiers."
- Lari Pittman