Room 10

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The Morphia series from 2008–12, included here as well as in Room 4, exemplifies Gallagher’s interest in processes of transformation. Each work is two-sided, made using layers of paper that allow the ink and watercolour to seep through to the other side. The front and reverse of the paper therefore develop together, each altering the other, and challenging the artist to shape the results. The images that emerge are fluid, abstract forms, some of which cohere into figures and faces, while others seem to be on the verge of something recognisable, with discernable features suggesting the trailing tentacles of a jellyfish or a set of feathery wings. The drawings are displayed between glass to make both sides visible.