Artist Polly Morgan counts Banksy, Kate Moss and former Gagosian director Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst as fans. With black the colour of next season - we investigate a darker side of art.
Polly Morgan's taxidermy orginally started out as a hobby. A member of the Guild of Taxidermists,she has been working as an artist for only three years, using using animals and birds that have met accidental or unpreventable death, to create ripples in the art world.
Her work, Found in a Bottle that features a messenger pigeon lying in a huddle in the bottom of a bottle has shown in London's White Cube gallery alongside work by the Chapman brothers, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Julian Schnabel and Cindy Sherman.
Her wok in taxidermy started when furnishing her London flat took her off in a new and more productive direction. She decided that the one thing the place really needed was some taxidermy. The pieces that she found on eBay were badly made and a rip-off, and she disliked their clumsy attempts to mimic life.
Polly's work attempts to make us look at animals and bords as if it was the first time. Taking them out of their usual context - such as rats, the viewer is forced to take a new and unexpected look at the creature.
To see more of Polly's work see www.pollymorgan.co.uk
Photo Credits: Polly Morgan