Born in Oxfordshire in 1990, Polly Morgan is one of the best known taxidermy artists working today. Inspired by her love of animals and her desire to preserve them, Polly is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists and the animals used in her art have either died naturally or had unpreventable deaths. Polly’s sculptures encourage the viewer to look at animals with a renewed perspective, to subvert the way we see pests, to expose the beauty of their skins, furs and textures and to celebrate their forms.
Polly Morgan’s Career
Polly moved to London to study English in 1998, and within a few years she had taken up taxidermy. Training under George Jamieson, Polly’s work was soon noticed by Banksy, who invited her to show in Santa’s Ghetto, his annual London-based exhibition. From this point on, Polly has become one of the leading figures in creating realistic taxidermy sculptures. With solo exhibitions spanning from London to New York to Milan, and public collections showing globally, Polly’s conceptual approach to taxidermy has earned her prominence as one of the stand out figures in Britart.
Whether creating a narrative, exposing outdated patterns of thinking or purely paying attention to the sculptural forms of animals, Polly’s approach is one that forces us to appreciate animals in a new way. Throughout the last ten years, Polly has made the move away from the gothic and towards abstraction. In dismantling the traditions of taxidermy, Polly presents her art as art alone, not something to pollute with meaning.