"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"I’m also thinking of the portraits as distinct individuals who exist or have existed. The idea is for the distinctness of that individual to come through, to speak in some way about a narrative that is not readily apparent. Something about the way the person is dressed...the look on their face, the weathering of their face, tells you a story. The look in their eyes speaks of something larger."
- Laylah Ali