"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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