When I was making the painting Heart of Darkness, I was reading the book by Joseph Conrad. It was not the structure of the book but there was an atmosphere that was perhaps influencing the painting. There are certain images of dark rooms, dark spaces, primal forms and quite primitive forms that were influencing the painting. And when I was making the etchings and aquatints for Heart of Darkness I was reading the book again deliberately. So I was allowing the book to be in a sense a companion to me whule I was wortking on those little prints.
Sean Scully, interview with Julia Klüser, in Sean Scully, Prints: Catalogue raisonné 1968–1999, Vienna: Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Gravelines: Musée du Dessin et de l’Etampile Originale, Wuppertal: Von der Heydt-Museum, 1999, pp. 143–145 (p. 145).