Save the date: next Friday, 19.07.2013, at ICA at 1 p.m. artist Polly Morgan speaks about the way she works. And you should be there, since it’s not often that a young artist is so interested in taxidermy, to a level where she does that herself.
A love of animals and a desire to preserve them led Polly to learn the skills of taxidermy, and she’s been creating eerily beautiful still lives ever since. Instead of placing her creations in their natural habitats, Polly juxtaposes them with unusual and unexpected surroundings, playing with scale and perception to force viewers to see the animals as if for the first time.
British born, Polly has been working and living in London since 2005. She’s also had her work exhibited alongside the likes of Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, as well as solo shows in London and America.
Dead finches lay strewn about an East London studio in a macabre amalgamation of feathers and skins and bottles of solutions. In Polly Morgan’s seemingly sordid world, death can be beautiful and taxidermy is an art form. Morgan is a master of this embalming method as art pieces and she has a milieu of taxidermied animals that she has fashioned to become modern art marvels.
Morgan’s career as an artist was serendipitous. She more fell into the craft than pursued it literally. She says, “It was more that I started doing art by way of animals, rather than making art out of animals.”
Her craft started when she was trying to furnish her flat and was unable to find any taxidermy that she liked. “I wanted animals that looked dead and everything out there looked like it had been resurrected. It occurred to me that it was something I could do myself,” says Morgan.
via ica.org.uk and somamagazine.com