"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."
"It’s horrific, trying to show the insanity and brutality of war. I couldn’t do it in a realistic fashion so it got kind of surreal. Even though I was responding to Vietnam, all these grotesques- these surreal images- are my response to war. That was my subject matter, and it still is. For the most part, one wouldn’t realize it was about Vietnam. You know, as they say, "It’s art because I say so," so it’s Vietnam because I say so, or Iraq because I say so."
- Nancy Spero