Claire Morgan Irish, b. 1980

Claire Morgan was born in 1980 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She attended University of Ulster and Northumbria University where she achieved a first class degree in Sculpture.

 

Her works have been shown all across Europe, and she has received both public and private commissions on numerous occasions. In 2010, after having shown her work at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Claire Morgan inaugurated her first French private gallery exhibition at the Galerie Karsten Greve. On that occasion, she showed her “blood drawings” for the first time: works on paper that reflect the taxidermy procedure. Morgan’s work explores the ambivalence in the human being’s relationship with the natural world that surrounds him/her.

 

Through her work, Morgan depicts the impossibility of grasping the complexity of life and death: “Exploring the physicality of animals, death, and illusions of permanence in the work is my way of trying to come to terms with these things myself.” Simultaneously poetic and vexing, they express the ambivalence of life.

 

Morgan’s work has been shown in Europe as well as in the United States where she has participated in numerous exhibitions. The artist’s installations and drawings have become part of prestigious international public and private collections, amongst these are the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Australia; the Foundation ALTANA in Germany; the Collection Guerlain in France. In 2017 the FRIST Center for Visual Arts in Nashville organised her first solo show in the United States. The Fondation Francès in Senlis (France), in collaboration with the Galerie Karsten Greve, dedicated a solo show to Morgan in December 2017.

 

She lives and works in Gateshead, England.