Curated by Maoliosa Boyle
30 August - 30 September 2011
Having emerged on the London Art scene just six years ago Morgan has shot to fame and has quickly become one of the most important and collectable contemporary artists of her time.
Taxidermy is Morgan’s medium, a skill often associated with Victoriana prosperity and the western view of human superiority over animals.
Morgan inverts these connections by disengaging the creatures she uses from their anthropomorphised associations. They are no longer trophies to adorn sumptuous interiors. Morgan gives them new life, a new narrative.
Reminiscent of relics, the works demand veneration. They are not macabre as expected but exquisitely beautiful and precious, preserved in a “Snow-White like” eternal state.
Interestingly, Morgan did not come through formal art school education but studied English at the Queen Mary University of London. A love of animals and the desire to preserve them led her to taxidermy in 2004 where she was instructed by renowned Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson. Since then Morgan has absorbed herself in the art of taxidermy, creating works that are highly sought after and owned by international collectors. Her works are part of Charles Saatchi’s collection and have been purchased by amateur enthusiasts such as Kate Moss and Courtney Love. Morgan has exhibited consistently in high profile galleries such as The White Cube and The Haunch of Venison.
Void is delighted to have eight of Polly Morgan’s works on show spanning from 2006-2010.
All works are courtesy of Polly Morgan, Haunch of Venison and Eyestorm.