Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1980, Polly Morgan moved to East London to read English Literature in 1998. She took up taxidermy and began making sculptural work in 2004. One of her first professional works – a white rat curled-up in a champagne glass – was snapped up by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa, hours before it was due to be exhibited at Zoo Art Fair.
“I’m drawn to the delicate and fragile” says Polly, as a consequence, perhaps, there is a quiet, haunting quality to her work. Having studied with Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson, Morgan plays with and dismantles taxidermy traditions, creating sculptures that have brought her work to the attention of many notable collectors and curators both in Britain and internationally. Today, having been spotted by Banksy, hailed by Hirst and picked up by Saatchi, she’s the toast of the big galleries; as well as amateur enthusiasts including Kate Moss and Courtney Love.
Polly Morgan continues to live and work in London.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2015 Taxidermy is Dead, Long Live Taxidermy, Horniman Museum 2014 Short Sentences, Spoken Softly, Other Criteria, New York 2014 The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London 2014 Fate’s Refrain, Robilant + Voena, Milan 2013 Curiouser and Curiouser, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington 2013 Foundations / Remains, The Office, Nicosia 2012 Endless Plains, All Visual Arts, Omega Place, London 2011 Dead Time, Void, Derry 2011 Burials, Workshop Arte Contemporanea, Venice 2010 Psychopomps, Haunch of Venison, London 2010 Still Birth, Other Criteria, Hinde St., London 2007 The Exquisite Corpse, One Marylebone Road, London
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