Production still from "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Real Biography" (2013)

The Den, 2012
Installation view from "Trenton Doyle Hancock: ...And Then It All Came Back to Me" at James Cohan Gallery, New York, November 8–December 22, 2012
Production still from the Art21 "Exclusive" episode, "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Real Biography"
Artwork courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York

"The floor tile in the painting 'The Den' is a motif that I grew up with in my grandmother's home in Paris, Texas. My grandmother moved out of that house years ago, so I kind of forgot about it, and there weren't many pictures. A graduate student had me over to his place and I was like, 'Hey, where's your restroom?' I went and was just knocked aback because I looked down and on the floor was that tile, which I hadn't seen in so long. It was like a sensory punch."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock

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