claire morgan: quietus
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sep 13, 2012
claire morgan: quietus

‘the beauty and the beast’
bluebottles, a morpho butterfly, nylon, lead, acrylic
102 x 52 x 9 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

claire morgan: quietus
karsten greve gallery, paris
on now through november 3rd, 2012

karsten greve gallerypresents the second solo show of london-based artist claire morgan with an exhibition entitled ‘quietus’.
the mixed media installations represent morgan’s inquiry into the desperation – through life and death – of a society wanting to
control the world around them. referencing nature through the material used to inform the sculptures, not only physically but also metaphorically,
morgan meticulously assembles feathers, taxidermy and other organic material to express the scale of impact the environment has on us.
through these complex artworks morgan is able to articulate her understanding of human existence – that it is only an ephemeral
and inconsequential element of nature’s beauty.

morgan says of her work:

my attention has been drawn to the cheap distractions we choose to place in our immediate vicinity, with which to screen us from the
overwhelming facts: that we are nothing; that our only certainty as individuals is a life, of unspecified duration, and then a death

the exhibition comprehensively reflects that of death – or that which causes death – to be considered a release from life, with a
serene, soothing effect, serving to suppress or eliminate, communicating morgan’s ongoing exploration of the human condition.

‘here is the end of all things’, 2011
thistle seeds, bluebottles, a taxidermy barn owl, nylon, lead, acrylic
four parts, each measuring 240 x 150 x 150 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve
exhibited at:
bestes, bestiaux, et bestioles, château d’oiron, france, 2011
bêtes off, la conciergerie, paris, 2012
agora – miniartextil como, villa olmo, como, italy
6th october – 18th november 2012

thistle seeds,  bluebottles, nylon, lead, acrylic
230 x 18 x 18 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten grev

‘heart of darkness (II)’
bluebottles, nylon, lead, acrylic
240 x 52 x 52 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

‘the colossus’
torn polythene, a taxidermy mute swan, nylon, lead, acrylic
300 x 188 x 184 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

‘down time’, 2010
taxidermy jackdaw, strawberries, bluebottles, fruit flies, lead, nylon, acrylic
dimensions variable. the layer of strawberries grew from 2.5 x 2.5 m to around 2.5 x 5 m over the course of the 2-month exhibition
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve
exhibited at:
on and on, la casa encendida, madrid, 2010

‘folly’, 2012
dandelion seeds, a gold-ringed dragon fly, nylon, in display case
73 x 40.1 x 54.5 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

‘the birds and the bees’
honey bees, taxidermy blackbirds, plant pigment (saffron), nylon, lead, acrylic
240 x 84 x 84 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

torn polythene, a taxidermy herring gull (juvenile), nylon, lead, acrylic
250 x 99 x 99 cm
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

‘garden’, 2010
two taxidermy dunnocks, privet leaves, lead, nylon, acrylic
0.8m x 0.8m x 2.2m (h) from ceiling
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve
exhibited at:
suspense, EX3 centre for contemporary art, florence, 2011
tracing reality, galerie kashya hildebrand, zurich, 2010
heart of glass, 20 hoxton square, london, 2010

room 3 – installation view
sculptures left-right
‘endless’, ‘nipple’, ‘the birds and the bees’, ‘you are my sunshine’
details can be found within the list above
image © claire morgan
courtesy galerie karsten greve

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