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MS Found in a Bottle

MS Found in a Bottle

Taxidermy pigeon, glass, cork

Dining Room

Courtesy the Artist


Polly Morgan is a member of the Guild of Taxidermists. She creates poetic and unnerving scenes using animals that have met an accidental or unpreventable death.

Taking its title from an Edgar Allan Poe short story, the work is suitably unsettling. It consists of a messenger pigeon lying huddled at the bottom of a glass decanter. Is he resting after a long voyage? Has he been captured carrying vital information? Is he to be served at the banquet in the dining room - he is resting quite close to a tasty pigeon pie?

The piece also humorously references 'ship in a bottle' models and points towards the 7th Lord Berwick's love of sailing.

Polly Morgan

Polly Morgan places her taxidermy animals in unexpected settings: using a very traditional craft in unusual ways raises questions about the setting and the animals themselves. Placing the animals out of their usual context invites us to look at them anew.

Polly Morgan's recent exhibitions include Psychopomps at the Haunch of Venison gallery and The Age of the Marvellous at All Visual Arts, both in London, and she has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad. She is a member of the Guild of Taxidermists.