"The Laugh of Number 12," detail (1994)

"Where did the shows come from? I went around to flea markets, and the old shoes were really cheap. And I asked the people I was working with...And it was built up so that surface was just shoes. It ended up having a connotation I'd never thought of...a strong suggestion of concentration camps. It wasn't really something that I intended. I really took as my area of interest the world of the foot fetish, and so I got into that and shoes as an aesthetic world that was very enclosed with rules, lots of interesting rules."

- Charles Atlas