"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."
"When the whole work becomes too much for me I centralize on a space that’s manageable, and it unfolds and unfolds. But what I mean by rules has to do with pushing myself creatively. If I have an idea, the rule is that I ask myself whether I have pushed far enough, into something that’s uncomfortable. Is it making my heart go pitter-patter, or is it making me think I’m great? If it makes me think I’m great, it’s not a good idea. Who cares? But when I’m feeling a little bit shaky, a little bit nervous and awkward, I know it’s going somewhere. I’m all for biting off more than you can chew."
- Mark Bradford