"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
"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