"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"I decided to go back to my originating trauma- my student training- and I took all these drawings, which are perversions of Hoffmanesque compositional principles that I did in college, and I re-learned to paint that way. In trauma literature the part you can’t remember or the time of trauma is called 'missing time,' and then you recover it. So I re-learned to paint in this manner and did a series called the 'Thirteen Seasons' in this regressive manner."
- Mike Kelley