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Polly Morgan

British, b. 1980

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Polly Morgan

British, b. 1980

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Polly Morgan employs the language of the macabre and makes taxidermy sculptures that range from elegiac to eerie. In works large and small, Morgan arranges animals in both realistic and fantastical compositions. One series features snakes twisted into elegant, almost unrecognizable knots; when placed on pedestals, the snakes look like three-dimensional infinity symbols or totems for nature’s virility. In another body of work, Morgan pays homage to the exquisite beauty and delicacy of birds. Miniature baroque chandeliers hang under bell jars and light the tiny, perfectly arranged bodies of blue tits and baby chicks. Diverging from the scientific realism of Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde animal sculptures, Morgan employs abstraction and romanticism to communicate stories about her once-living subjects.

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Polly Morgan employs the language of the macabre and makes taxidermy sculptures that range from elegiac to eerie. In works large and small, Morgan arranges animals in both realistic and fantastical compositions. One series features snakes twisted into elegant, almost unrecognizable knots; when placed on pedestals, the snakes look like three-dimensional infinity symbols or totems for nature’s virility. In another body of work, Morgan pays homage to the exquisite beauty and delicacy of birds. Miniature baroque chandeliers hang under bell jars and light the tiny, perfectly arranged bodies of blue tits and baby chicks. Diverging from the scientific realism of Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde animal sculptures, Morgan employs abstraction and romanticism to communicate stories about her once-living subjects.

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