Polly Morgan and taxidermy

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Polly Morgan (1980), taxidermist and sculptor.

Polly Morgan is a London-based artist who uses taxidermy to create works of art. Morgan is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. The animals used in her taxidermy are contributed by vets or pet owners; the animals have died naturally or accidentally, for example they may have been roadkill. Morgan maintains a detailed log of all dead animals in stock.

Morgan did not plan an art career; she considered becoming an actress after leaving school, but went to university instead. Inspired to create work of her own, she took a course with the professional taxidermist George Jamieson, during which her intuitive and personal response to the medium were obvious.

Morgan’s first four pieces caught the attention of Banksy. In 2005, he commissioned her to produce work for Santa’s Ghetto, an annual exhibition he organised near London’s Oxford Street. Her next piece, a white rat curled up in a shallow champagne glass, was exhibited at Wolfe Lenkiewicz’s Zoo Art Fair in 2005.

In 2009, Morgan sold her flying machine sculpture from the All Visual Arts (AVA) The Age of the Marvellous exhibition to Thomas Olbricht, a German art collector. She is in many collections including the Zabludowicz collection and her ‘magpie on a telephone’ is in the collection of Amanda Eliasch.

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