The Culturista

The Edit: Polly Morgan

The Culturista
The Edit: Polly Morgan

Artist taxidermist Polly Morgan's captivating creations feature in the most glittering collections around the world. Her work is currently on show in In Memoriam Francesca Lowe, an exhibition and auction in honour of the late artist Francesca Lowe


What's on your must-see list this month?
Gary Hume at Spruth Magers.


What box set, series or podcast are you hooked on right now?
I have just finished The Handmaid's Tale, which I thought was excellently updated and styled. 

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Name your go-to restaurant and signature dish?
J Sheekey is yet to be bettered. I feel like I've travelled back in time and am on the Orient Express in the 30s. I love all the small plates in the Oyster Bar - razor clams, sashimi and fish pie especially.


What’s the first track you play at a party?
More Than This by Roxy Music.


Where's the one place everyone should go in their lifetime...
I found Naoshima in Japan revelatory but it might not be for everyone. I love minimal art and architecture and the staging of this stunningly ambitious museum on an unassuming fishing island was so inspiring. 


What's your desert island book?
I've been recommending A Confederacy of Dunces since I read it over ten years ago. People seem to either love it or hate it. I thought it was the funniest book I've ever read and would love the time for a reread. 


    Name your rainy day film?
    I love the original Stepford Wives. I have always enjoyed what I'd call 'domestic dystopias' (i.e. The Handmaid's Tale) and this still sends chills down my spine even having seen it eight or more times. I first watched it as a child and relish the evocative feeling it gives me. 


    What's next for you?
    A new edition of ten small sculptures made from hedgehog spines, cast polystyrene and ebony. I'm also midway through a new body of work I hope to show in London next year - date TBC.

    Morgan Polly A Reluctant Mind (Robin-Chat) 2016 Taxidermy Robin-Chat.jpeg

    Polly's work A Reluctant Mind (Robin-Chat) will be on show as part of the In Memoriam Francesca Lowe exhibition and auction at the Old Truman Brewery, 8 November 2017. The exhibition sees 60 contemporary art stars unite to honour late artist Francesca Lowe. All proceeds will go to the Nolan Lowe family.
    Read more and place bids at

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    Polly Morgan, photos Tessa Angus
    Gary Hume, Blue Nun, 2015, Gloss paint on paper, 30,3 x 21,2 cm, 12 x 8, 3/8 inches, 32,5 x 23,8 cm (framed), 12 7/8 x 9 3/8 inches (framed), © Gary Hume / DACS, London, 2017. Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers and Matthew Marks Gallery
    The Handmaid's Tale, courtesy Channel 4/Hulu
    The J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, photo courtesy J Sheekey, Caprice Holdings
    Yayoi Kusama, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima
    Polly Morgan, A Reluctant Mind (Robin-Chat), courtesy Polly Morgan
    Polly Morgan, courtesy Polly Morgan
    Francesca Lowe, Lux, In Memoriam Francesca Lowe