Yet because the ocean's depths are dangerous and very expensive to explore, very little is known about the deep seas.' This quotation is taken from a report on the discovery of a bizarre species of giant squid found lurking at the bottom of the world's oceans, which Ellen Gallagher included in a limited-edition artist's paper, produced in 2002, just as she was embarking on a new series of drawings. Text by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith
Hauser & Wirth Publishers / The Fruitmarket Gallery
Softcover, 5 books holding together with magnet
Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith
12 x 15 cm
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1965, Ellen Gallagher lives and works between Rotterdam, Netherlands and New York. Gallagher builds intricate, multi-layered works that pivot between the natural world, mythology and history. Her process involves undoing and reforming trains of thought often over long periods of time and across linked bodies of works. Over a highly multifaceted career, Gallagher’s work has been united by what she calls a ‘jitter’, an intellectual approach in which aesthetic possibilities are shook loose from seismic cracks beneath the surface of cultural entities normally thought to be unshakable and impermeable.