"Untitled" (2004)

"Untitled," 2004 "Untitled", 2004
Gouache on paper, 15 3/16 x 9 1/2 inches
Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

"I have no idea whether they’re male or female. I’ve almost eliminated that as a category, although they still get gendered because of what they wear. It’s interesting, because race still exists in the work. Recently it’s come to the forefront a little bit more. These new characters have a wider range of facial coloring. I hesitate to call it race- because sometimes I think of them as having a skin condition rather than a race. Like when your skin gets burned, it turns a different color or has a different texture- somewhere between race and skin condition."

- Laylah Ali