London-based artist Claire Morgan is interested in the bodily connotations of natural materials. She is recognized for her provocative built environments, which are expressive of both ecological order and disorder.
The works shown here is currently exhibited at Bestes, Bestiaux et Bestioles, Château D'Oiron, France (3rd July – 2nd October 2011)
Thistle seeds, bluebottles, a taxidermy barn owl, nylon, lead, acrylic
Four parts, each measuring 240 x 150 x 150 cm
My work is about our relationship with the rest of nature, explored through notions of change, the passing of time, and the transience of everything around us. For me, creating seemingly solid structures or forms from thousands of individually suspended elements has a direct relation with my experience of these forces.
There is a sense of fragility and a lack of solidity that carries through all the sculptures. I feel as if they are somewhere between movement and stillness, and thus in possession of a certain energy.
Animals, birds and insects have been present in my recent sculptures, and I use suspense to create something akin to freeze frames. In some works, animals might appear to rest, fly or fall through other seemingly solid suspended forms. In other works, insects appear to fly in static formations. The evidence of gravity – or lack of it – inherent in these scenarios is what brings them to life, or death.
via Claire Morgan