"The Universal Cell," detail (2004)

"The Universal Cell," detail, 2004
Mixed media installation, dimensions vary with installation
Installation view: "São Paolo Biennial XXVI", São Paolo, Brazil
Photo © Matthew Ritchie
Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

"'The Universal Cell' is part of 'The Lytic Circus'...One of the things that became really clear to me was that as a culture we’ve defined evil in one particular way which is why we build structures to contain it. No matter what bad thing you’ve done, you go to jail. Every crime has the same punishment. And I was thinking about that and then, in a larger sense, how the context of information defines everything. So in a way each of us is in our own prison. You bring it with you- the prison of your biology, your social structure, your life. And that is both a challenge and an opportunity."

- Matthew Ritchie