"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."
"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