"Watery Ecstatic Series" (2001)

"Watery Ecstatic Series," 2001
Watercolor, ink, oil, pencil, cut paper on paper, 17 1/2 X 22 1/2 inches
Collection of the artist
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York

"The way that these drawings are made is my version of scrimshaw, the carving into bone that sailors did when they were out whaling. I imagine them in this overwhelming, scary expanse of sea where this kind of cutting would give a focus, a sense of being in control of something. Scrimshaw had three genre forms (one was images of home)."

- Ellen Gallagher