Polly Morgan — Mouthing The Words

£7,800.00£7,800.00inc VAT
420 x 220 mm
Base: 180 x 180 mm
Taxidermy, Rainbow Boa
Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood

Morgan is an accomplished taxidermist who uses her skills to create work in a contemporary context. In this work she continues her series, using taxidermy snakes. In each of the pieces, the artist playfully navigates between beauty and fear, attraction and repulsion, by shaping these anxiety-inspiring creatures into a series of graceful loops, knots and arabesques. Taking taxidermy away from its gothic associations and revealing more Modernist influences. Removing the animal from it's usual associations and symbolism, treating them as sculptural materials.

All the animals used in the artist’s work have died from natural causes. No animals are killed for the purpose of making the work. These snakes were captive, bred in the UK.

Polly Morgan

Morgan's first work, fittingly shown at the Zoo Art Fair in London, caught the attention of the art world in 2005 and she has exhibited widely since, including at Other Criteria in London, Haunch of Venison, Pippy Houldsworth, Robilant + Voena, and White Cube, among others.

Her work features in promininent collections; both public and private including The New Art Gallery Walsall, Thomas Olbricht, Omer Koc, Anita Zabludowicz, Ivor Braka, David Roberts and Didier Casimiro.

She has recently been shortlisted for Women to Watch 2015, by the Washington Museum of Women in the Arts.

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