"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."
"Looking back, some of the earliest memories that formed my subject are about growing up in my grandmother’s boardinghouse. In a boarding house, each room is actually a house- with all the things that go on in a house. What was interesting about it was the collision of subjectivities- and that’s really what my art’s about. Everything always has a relationship to another part of me. I’m in and out of a lot of stuff; I know a lot of people. The thing that binds them all together is me. And I’m really an open book- I don’t have a problem putting my business out on the streets or, you might say, all in the same room. And that’s what my art’s about; it’s the boardinghouse."
- Mark Bradford