"I paint about the things that surround me," Murray said, "things that I pick up and handle every day. That’s what art is. Art is an epiphany in a coffee cup." Just such a coffee cup, with its contents spilling forth, appears in the appropriately entitled Yikes. Standing out from the wall in relief, the ordinariness of this familiar situation is dramatized by the monumental size of the seemingly broken canvases that resist fitting back together again. Murray said that she found the process of splintering the conventional picture plane "so psychologically satisfying because I finally realized the meaning of shattering and of putting an image inside the shattered parts that would make them whole again."
Elizabeth Murray Yikes January-February 1982
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