"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."
"The piece (Black Gold II 2006) is literally like a sort of oil splash on the wall, with black and gold painted onto the fabrics. I was just thinking about oil becoming a rare commodity—a source of wars because of its rarity. It’s just oil as black gold, but the explosive impact of oil on people’s lives can be traced back to oil."
-Yinka Shonibare MBE