|Education||B.F.A. 1987, Cooper Union, New York, NY; 1988, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY|
|Known for||Painting, Sculpture,|
|Awards||the Princess Grace Foundation award for contemporary art|
There's something of a painting of a woman that represents all women – and by extension, all of humanity – that I just find very exciting. It's a nice distillation, I think, of what it means to be alive.
In a gallery, there's an expectation of high prices and a somewhat elitist atmosphere.
People's love of sweets and guilty feelings about overindulgence are pretty universal.
In terms of the class structure that you see so much in European portraiture, I don't think one feels that in America in the 21st century. But we have these other kinds of social structures now, like celebrity, who establish new hierarchies.
When I first started painting candyland imagery, I was looking for the best possible metaphor for everything that is pleasure, desire and insatiability.