"Untitled" (2000)

"Untitled," 2000
Gouache on paper, 8 x 14 inches
Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

"I think when people say the word ‘violence’, oftentimes we think of the violent ‘act.’ In my earlier work it was more about the moment that somebody was getting strangled or hanged, whereas now there’s very little concentration on the moment when violence occurs. I’m more interested in what happens before and after. And the figure is the perpetrator of the violence, the victim, the negotiator. We understand or read violent acts through the characters and the figures."

- Laylah Ali