2. Andres Serrano
  3. 15/10/2017

“I like the aesthetics of the Church.”

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Quotes by Andres Serrano

Quotes by Andres Serrano

  1. An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine.
  2. 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.
  3. Being born, especially being born a person of color, is a political act in itself.
  4. I am an artist first and a photographer second.
  5. I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church.
  6. I am just an artist.
  7. I don’t think that because I am Hispanic I should therefore do Hispanic work.
  8. I have always felt that I am the sum total of my parts.
  9. I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious.
  10. 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.
  11. I have never voted in my life.
  12. I like Church furniture.
  13. I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones.
  14. I like the aesthetics of the Church.
  15. I like to believe that rather than destroy icons, I make new ones.
  16. I think if the Vatican is smart, someday they’ll collect my work.
  17. I usually refer to myself as Hispanic.
  18. In my work, I explore my own Catholic obsessions.
  19. My use of the medium – photography – is in some ways traditional.
  20. My work has social implications, it functions in a social arena.
  21. My work is intensely personal.
  22. Oftentimes we love the thing we hate and vice versa.
  23. One of the things that I am happy about in my life as an artist is that I am not considered a Hispanic artist.
  24. People have to find ways of explaining the work.
  25. Some people have compared the Klan images to ecclesiastical figures.
  26. Unfortunately, the Church’s position on most contemporary issues makes it hard to take them seriously.
  27. Whenever possible, I operate outside the system.