"Bye and Bye" (2002)

"Bye and Bye," 2002
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 84 x 132 inches
Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas

"The words ‘bye and bye’ are cut out of the piece because I just wanted another layer of information. It’s always interesting for me to extend painting a little bit further from myself than it has to be, to make it just a little harder than it has to be. All of the letters cut out of this piece are glued back in different places, so you have this recession of space and this built-up space. Then, when you come up to the painting you experience it on several different levels."

- Trenton Doyle Hancock