"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 equate the managed aesthetics of my work and the construction of my personal life with creating an area of safety. So beauty is not an additive. The preoccupation with aesthetics is not just on the downtime: it’s ideological, political, and conceptual. Of course it’s about pleasure, but it’s not about divertissement. It’s not an aside, not a sidebar. It’s actually about safety. I don’t know how I could really explain it, but beauty and personal safety are strangely conflated in my mind. Maybe it’s anti-chaos."
- Lari Pittman