"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
"I’ve collected archival material from black photo journals from 1939 to 1972, looking at magazines like ‘Our World,’ ‘Sepia,’ and ‘Ebony.’ Initially I was attracted to the magazines because the wig advertisements had a grid-like structure that interested me. But as I began looking through them, the wig ads themselves had such a language to them- so worldly- that referred to other countries, La Sheba...this sort of lost past."
- Ellen Gallagher