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

"Monster", from the suite of five 16mm films, "Murmur," 2003
Collaboration with Edgar Cleijne
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York

"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