"Monster", from the suite of five 16mm films, "Murmur" (2003)

"The films are also a grid where each frame erases the frame before as you move forward, so it’s literally a projection of a grid in space. But it’s the same place over and over again. And that is what I want you to do with the paintings. It’s about the idea of travel or motion...descent into an altered state. For me, each repetition is about an inauguration of a character into an altered state- a way to change that character slightly or pull it further into difference and change, and into my language."

- Ellen Gallagher