🍊 Statement 🍊
Composing societal testimonies, George Morl explores evolving human connection and intimacy under modernising technology. They use self-portraiture, poetry, texts, photographic maps, sound, digital images, sensory paintings and sculptures, or scientific installations, as mediums to recontextualise erased history and the social perspectives of networks between physical and virtual spaces. Through these, Morl who is genderfluid and autistic, uses personas and assumes avatars inspired by autobiography to enter spaces, investigating belonging, validation and emotional reverence within communal subcultures; paintings communicating the experience of living in a body rather than observing and perception of autistic touch, sharing of gender-transition blogs online, plethora of digital edited torsos on dating platforms, use of anabolic steroids in men’s gym rituals, secret rural youth raves, sensoriums around hope in medical environments, assemblages of vigils following bereavement, whilst merging both evidence and ‘creative imagination’ as a means to consider these present dilemmas, whether through alternative communication or futuristic societies. In presentation their work collectively centres on oscillating ideas and immediacy, referencing the esoteric or verboseness of Beat Literature, neurodivergence, non-linear biology, echoing Morl’s gender fluidity and our existence within infinite possibilities of a perceptive multidimensional hyperdigital future.
🍊 Bio 🍊
Born in 1994, Basildon, UK, George Morl is an artist exploring human connection under modern technology, queer dialogues, and remits between art 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 relationship between performance and men’s body-images; Paradise Hotel, UCA, Canterbury (2016) examining sensory processing perspectives in neurological conditions. Others include Platform 2016, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016). Recipient of Jerwood Newlyn Residency, Newlyn (2020), Firstsite Collectors Group Award, Colchester (2020), Darren Henley Scholarship (2016-2018) for researching working class identities in relation to men’s body-image disorders, and shortlisted for Jerwood Bursary (2019). In 2016, they was selected for the Platform Award. Work by Morl is held in public and private collections.
Updated 28 November 2020
All images and text © George Morl 2020