"The floor tile in the painting 'The Den' is a motif that I grew up with in my grandmother's home in Paris, Texas. My grandmother moved out of that house years ago, so I kind of forgot about it, and there weren't many pictures. A graduate student had me over to his place and I was like, 'Hey, where's your restroom?' I went and was just knocked aback because I looked down and on the floor was that tile, which I hadn't seen in so long. It was like a sensory punch."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock