Marilyn Manson's artworks span roughly 15 years, from 1995 to 2010. Initially Manson painted as a form of recreation, but in more recent years his paintings have appeared for sale in dedicated exhibits.
"This painting's actually of a girl but everyone thinks it's a boy. It's part of a short story I wrote about a girl and her hand being taken away from her. It kind of goes along with superstitions from voodoo and witchcraft about taking someone's hand and getting power from it. I thought that piece was good to represent the whole show because it represents my approach to all art by doing things in a childish way, and it's about how people often want to take away that element and try to make you grow up or play by the rules. There's a difference between being immature and being childish, and I don't mind being childish, because there's something beautiful about the way kids are fearless. That picture's really about innocence and the sadness at its being taken away."
"There is a fine line between being childish or holding onto your childish imagination in just the right way. This painting has a bit of that. It was never meant to be a portrait of myself but a symbol of the sadness of sometimes not being able to do what you want to do."
"The hand is a symbol of power and it represents stealing innocence and imagination from children. If you break down the whole show, that's what it's about. Me as a modern-day Peter Pan, not wanting to grow up. There's a difference being immature and being able to still think like a child"