"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
"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