"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."
"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