“It takes time for the paintings to come alive”

Sillman… spends months, sometimes years, tinkering with, disassembling, totally wrecking, and then rebuilding. “It takes time for the paintings to come alive,” she says. And if, at the end of all this physical and mental Sturm und Drang, her work appears beautiful, well, “it’s just a side effect,” she says, shrugging. “I’m more interested in things that are awkward and clunky and complicated.”

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Amy Sillman, painter