I was amused at the idea of meat under Plexiglas because I thought it made fun of the scene—where the name of the game seemed to be ‘how cool you can be’ and ‘how refined,’” he said. “Nobody ever mentioned anything that seemed real. The world was falling apart, anyone could see it. In New York at that time there was such an enormous tendency toward the minimal, the non-emotional, the anti-emotional even, that I wanted to say something again about emotion, about the ugly side of things. I wanted to return the raw human fleshy characteristics to the art.
— Paul Thek