IB: Have you always known that those things are what you want to make? Or that this is the space you want to make work in?
AS: I've always been extremely drawn to things that were problematic. I liked painting because supposedly painting was dead, and I liked the idea of being a female and painting because everyone was saying that painting was a male language. Or I like the idea of formalism, which seemed verboten when I went to art school.
IB: You didn't necessarily like them because you wanted to resuscitate them, you just wanted to figure out why they were in the place they were.
AS: Yes, because difficulty is interesting.
IB: You are a contrarian.
AS: Not a contrarian, a scrapper.
IB: What turns you on about that?
AS: To go into the middle of a knot is a form of integrity to me -- and to investigate the area that seems like the worst thing you could do is kind of exciting.
Amy Sillman, interviewed by Ian Berry, c. 2007