"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"Art-making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying to turn the mundane into gold. You know, you're really trying to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. That's what keeps me doing that, because I keep chasing that: seeing how I can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
—Yinka Shonibare MBE