"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."
"My first encounter with even thinking about politics, what it meant to be an American and thinking that it wasn’t secure, came as a real jolt when I became aware of the Second World War, maybe in my last year in high school. Being a Midwesterner from Chicago, I didn’t really think we were vulnerable until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. We were literally oceans apart from the rest of the world until then, not just physically but mentally."
- Nancy Spero