"Blubber" (2000)

"Blubber," 2000
Ink, pencil and paper on linen, 120 x 192 inches
The Art Museum at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York

"I built a latticework grid and over that laid down very thin plywood and stretched the canvas over that. That way I could sit on the canvas as I began gluing down sheets of penmanship paper from top to bottom, left to right. Then I began drawing and painting into the pages, after they’d all been laid down in a skin. And they really became something that can be read both sheet to sheet and as an overall skin."
- Ellen Gallagher