"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #s 2 through 32 (Day is Done)" (2004-2005)
"I see this as almost a kind of overarching ‘religion’ in which the rationale for almost all behavior is the presumption of some kind of repressed abuse. The basic premise is that it’s all based on trauma culture, and that’s a contemporary motivation- like a basic motivational idea. And I have to undermine that. I think having something be somewhat ridiculous is a way of undermining that notion that life is just about trauma. This is also something that is very much embedded in a lot of modernist work. Expressionism, and existentialist artworks- that kind of heavy artist-as-sufferer. I have no interest in that."
- Mike Kelley