Schipbreukeling – Mathieu Charles
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Ellen Gallagher

Watery Ecstatic/Morphia

Watery Ecstatic is an ongoing series which combine marine biology with an Afrofuturist mythology inspired by the Detroit techno duo, Drexciya. It imagines a Black Atlantis, inhabited by the descendants of pregnant west African women who were thrown overboard during Middle Passage crossings to America. Morphia is a series of double-sided paper works completed in 2012. The series seem to interconnect in terms of seriality, materiality and making but diverge in content: the first involves a fantastical underwater ecosystem and the second Janus-faced heads that appear like resurfaced artifacts from a buried world.

It all began and continues with the fertile biomorphic creativity with which Gallagher works the substrate of watercolour paper, using not only pencil and watercolour, but also a scalpel to carve into it. 

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