|To Every Seed His Own Body © Polly Morgan|
Polly Morgan is a British born artist who uses the medium of taxidermy to put across her interpretation of life, death and beauty. She is a fully qualified taxidermist but isn't interested in recreating animals in realistic life like poses or habitats, instead she has a more poetic approach sitting somewhere between the Victorian love of taxidermy that saw large dioramas of human events rendered with animals, (the most recognisable being 'The Kitten's Wedding') and the Romantic paintings of Joseph Wright.
|Bird in an Air Pump, Joseph Wright of Derby|
|Kitten's Wedding 1898, Walter Potter|
One piece entitled "Still Birth" transported me directly to an episode where my little sister accidentally killed my pet duckling. She was only about 2 or 3 years old at the time and decided to pick it up and pet it, unfortunately she held it by the neck while petting it, and didn't notice it dying then simply placed it back in the nest. It was there that I found it later that evening when I went to feed it. It lay there with it's neck limp, it's beak slightly open and it's head lying on a bump of straw.
|Still Birth, 2010 © Polly Morgan|
|© Polly Morgan|
|Pyric Victors, 2009 ©Polly Morgan|
|Black Fever and Blue Fever, 2010 © Polly Morgan|