"Backward C" (2005)

"Backward C," 2005
Mixed media collage on canvas, 84 x 120 inches
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

"There wasn’t really a light-bulb moment at the shift from the idea of just making to the idea of being an artist. At CalArts, there was no shock- no oh, wow! There was no uh-huh moment. But there were bodies of ideas, writings by people who were basically writing how I was born. I felt like I’d discovered friends in these books and writers, these revolutionary people. It was like a coming home to language, to people who were critiquing, questioning, remixing larger bodies of ideas. It was the reading, the writing, the written word- not so much visual art, photography, painting, sculpture."
- Mark Bradford