Morgan’s taxidermy is both delicate and macabre, updating a Victorian and traditionally masculine practice as a contemporary artform, that is both emotional and atmospheric, and removed from the anthropomorphic associations of that era. Using a variety of animals (that have died naturally), placed in unexpectedly beautiful settings, her most recent work has concentrated on snakeskin in combination with concrete and polyurethane. In these works, the skin veneers knot and twist into elegant sculptural forms, rather than relics or trophies.
Polly Morgan (b.1980 Banbury) graduated from the University of London with an English literature degree and lives and works in London, England. She was instructed in 2004 by renowned Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson and developed her practice. Morgan has exhibited widely, with notable solo exhibitions being held at the Horniman Museum, London, Other Criteria Gallery, New York and Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. Her works are held in multiple public and private collections internationally, including the Zabludowicz Collection, David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC and The New Art Gallery Walsall.