"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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