Polly Morgan, ‘Oakley’s Wish’, 2017, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Courtesy of Polly Morgan and Sotheby’s

Please note this work is sold unframed.

OAKLEY’S WISH “TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS”
In 2013, 9 year old Oakley Orange was diagnosed with an auto immune disorder following an allergic reaction to medication. He was fighting for his life following kidney failure but pulled through. Now he is living with the after effects. Oakley plays on an Xbox and in one of the games he landed in a portal where the aurora borealis were showing. His favourite colour is green and the lights were green and he took his iPad down to his mum and shared
his amazement with her. He started researching the Northern Lights and found out lots of information about them and decided that he really wanted to see them in real life. So when he had the opportunity to have a wish, he decided to go and see the Northern Lights in Norway. Mum Lorraine said: “We don’t often get chance to do things together as a whole family and we can’t just get up and go somewhere. To have gone away on the wish and get away from hospitals and daily life was amazing and has made us realise that we can have a sense of normality. That time together was four days of bliss””.

This event is being run through Make-A-Wish Promotions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK to which it gifts any profit. The Art of Wishes is a joint event and the profits will be split equally between Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK (295672/SC 037479) and Make-A-Wish Foundation® Israel (580258820).

About Polly Morgan

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.

British, b. 1980