Sunday, September 1, 2013

BEAUTY: Installations--Claire Morgan

The astonishing work of Claire Morgan is... well, just astonishing. Incorporating taxidermied animals and other natural elements such as leaves, dandelion seeds, flies, and food, her geometrical compositions of torn plastic invade the natural world. Inferences can be made about the ephemeral nature of life, the inevitability of death, the arbitrary nature of the animal world, and the horrible beauty... or beautiful horror... of it all. Not only are the concepts for each piece a literal marvel, but so is the execution: how much patience does it require to string fluffy, easy-to-blow-away dandelion seeds onto nylon line--a truck load... or a boat load? Astonishing...

Above: A Part At The Seam, Taxidermy Jackdaw, thistle seeds, torn black polythene, lead, nylon, acrylic

Above: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Torn black polythene, a taxidermied fox, rotted rabbit meat, fishing hooks, nylon, lead, acrylic

Above: Fluid, Strawberries, taxidermied crow, fishing hooks, nylon

Above: Foreign Body, Bluebottles [flies], a taxidermy hare, nylon, lead, acrylic

Above: Gone To Seed, Thistle seeds, a taxidermy carrion crow, nylon, lead, acrylic

Above: Here Is The End Of All Things, Thistle seeds, bluebottles [flies], a taxidermy barn owl, nylon, lead, acrylic

Above: While You Were Sleeping, Taxidermy Red Squirrel, bluebottle [flies], lead weights, nylon, acrylic

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