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Polly Morgan @ Bomb Factory
14 October 2020 - 2 November 2020
‘How to Behave at Home’, is a new exhibition by sculptor and taxidermist Polly Morgan. Social media and the COVID pandemic provide the context for new abstract sculptures that use highly decorative hides of snakes and the trompe l’oeil designs in nail artistry to comment on the disparity between surface and reality.
In an age where our digital selves are experienced by more people than our physical selves, Morgan uses veneers as a metaphor to examine our need to contain, control and conceal. The exhibition takes as its title an admonition from a book on Victorian etiquette, and in her juxtapositions of animal forms constrained within man-made structures, the artist highlights the unavoidable creep of nature in our lives and the impossibility of absolute restraint.