"Watery Ecstatic Series" (2001)

"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