"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"I always want to refer to the fact that my work is artificial; it is artifice. It is art, made as art; it is not unmediated reality. It is mediated reality through form, and form is artifice. What I really like in a work of art is for the formal strategy to be part of the meaning of the work."
-Yinka Shonibare MBE