I have never been able to see myself as fitting into one category, and I have never been able to limit my contact with people to one group of people.
I say things, but I say them indirectly. At the same time, I try to make my images as direct as possible.
I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious. I would say that there are many individuals in the Church who appreciate it and who do not have a problem with it. The best place for Piss Christ is in a church.
There's nothing wrong with provocative art work: I even look forward to the day when I can take pictures which will disturb even me.
Artists are a free society's greatest advocates and its best bulwarks. Their triumphs are civilization's triumphs.
An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions.
I don't really think I am interested in the macabre, but I am curious about death. That's normal... The only certainty in life is that we're all going to die. It would be unnatural not to think about death once in a while.
As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to.
My work is intensely personal.
I like to believe that rather than destroy icons, I make new ones.
I have always felt that I am the sum total of my parts.
Oftentimes we love the thing we hate and vice versa.
In my work, I explore my own Catholic obsessions.
My use of the medium - photography - is in some ways traditional.
I think if the Vatican is smart, someday they'll collect my work.
I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones.
I like the aesthetics of the Church.
I have never voted in my life.
I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious.
I don't think that because I am Hispanic I should therefore do Hispanic work.
I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church.
I am an artist first and a photographer second.
Being born, especially being born a person of color, is a political act in itself.
One of the things that I am happy about in my life as an artist is that I am not considered a Hispanic artist.
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