🍊 The Avatar 🍊

George Morl, Edvardo Shadalow
George Morl (b. Basildon 1994). Lives and works in Basildon.

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Morl explores human connection under natural and technological networks, and how bodies, perceptions of us, and language inform our engagements with environments and interfaces. They use self-portraiture, performance, digital photography and images, poetry, sound, film, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and scientific installations, as mediums to examine the paradoxes and polarities of social exchanges within shared physical and virtual spaces. 

Through these systems, Morl who is genderfluid and autistic, uses the visual vocabularly and characters embedded in cyberspace and inspired by autobiography and personal mythology to converse with and reflect on subcultures, investigating communal living, collective memory, agency, care, belonging, refuge, and emotional reverence.

Outcomes of these dialogues include paintings assessing the interactions within apps communicating perception of ‘touch’ and emphasising the experience and barriers of living in a body rather than observing one, sonic landscapes and poetic videos recounting journeys to intimacy and self-discovery, subverting objectification in historical or cyberspace video game scenes through ‘avatars’ and reimagining those with autonomy instead of as subjects, photographic maps which investigate the performativity of masculinity and edited digital bodies under steroid culture, and installations merging paintings and scientific apparatuses assessing the sensoriums within medical facilities in relation to feelings of hope.

Locating and merging evidence, speculative fiction, and imagination, Morl seeks to reveal these relationships, providing a bridge for alternative communication and colloborative approaches through work. As a result, in presentation work collectively reflects oscillating ideas informed by neuroscience, non-linear biology, linguistics, reflecting genderfluidity and posing questions around our existence within a modernising perceptive multidimensional hyperdigital future.

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Born in 1994, in Basildon, UK, George Morl (Edvardo Shadalow) is an artist and avatar, exploring human connection under modern technology, ‘crip theory’, queer dialogues, gender, and the remits between art, tech and science. Morl received their BFA from University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK in 2016 and MFA in 2018. Exhibitions include their first solo museum show ‘Precious Boys’, Southend Museums (2018) combining works with their collection investigating the relationship between digital performance, sexuality, and masculinity; ‘Paradise Hotel’, UCA, Canterbury (2016) examining the sensoriums of medical spaces in relation to hope. Others include ‘Platform 2016’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016). Recipient of Jerwood Newlyn Residency, Newlyn (2021), Firstsite Award, Colchester (2020), Darren Henley Scholarship (2016- 2018) for researching working class masculinity in relation to body-image disorders, and shortlisted for Jerwood Bursary (2019). Morl has been speaker at Tate Modern and Birmingham Open Media (BOM), with work in public and private collections.

Updated 11 April 2021
All images and text © George Morl 2021