"Black Venus," detail (2005)

"Black Venus," detail, 2005
Mixed media collage, 130 x 196 inches
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

"I was always supported in the domestic realm, and I was always strong about standing up for myself, but there were still struggles in my life. Reading about the postmodern condition made me realize it was about independence, about doing your own thing. And that’s a state of mind. It’s not an art work or a book. It’s a state of mind. Fluidity, juxtapositions, cultural borrowing- they’ve all been going on for centuries. The only authenticity there is what I put together."

- Mark Bradford