"I’m working with these units of paint, which I call tesserae
—originally the word for ancient mosaics. I’ve studied mosaics for years. I’ve lived in Greece, on the island of Crete, for the past forty-six years, and I’ve done a lot of travel around the Mediterranean basin and Egypt, and there I’ve seen a lot of mosaics—so it’s the mosaic that leads to these paintings. The tesserae
, in my mind, is the unit, it’s the thing that makes them. I can build anything I want with the tesserae
, using all acrylic paint, built layer by layer by layer until I get the thickness that I want... There is a lot more, deeper material than the paint, of course—all the psychological stuff."