"A saboteur in the house of art and a comedienne in the house of art theory, Lawler has spent three decades documenting the secret life of art. Functioning as a kind of one-woman CSI unit, she has photographed pictures and objects in collectors' homes, in galleries, on the walls of auction houses, and off the walls, in museum storage."
"Having photographed the landscape for a number of years and specifically working with trees and in the forest I found, without consciously thinking about it, that it was a great learning experience for me in terms of organizing elements."
"I've been going through photos of my mother, looking back on her life and trying to put it into context. Very few people age gracefully enough to be photographed through their aging."
"I just yesterday returned from a trip where I photographed a woman with two children whom I photographed first when she was the age of the older of the two children."
"All my life I've taken photographs of people who are completely at peace being what they were in the situations I photographed them in."
"I photographed rocks and trees and tide pools and nudes and all that stuff for years and years. Until 20 years ago when I found that I could do it in the studio and never have to travel."
"There's something incredibly sexy about sand and sweat and dunes photographed like women's backs."
"When I was young, I did actually model and was much photographed by famous photographers. But I was always a bookworm."