🍊 Statement 🍊
Morl’s practice explores society’s navigations of human connection under modernising technology, documenting our attempts in reaching affection, validation, intimacy and emotional reverence. Work ranges from paintings, photographic installations, sculptures, poems, writings, examining queer narratives, gender, neuroscience, and the remits between art and health. Their work includes manipulated microscopic visuals exposing the realms of male exercise rituals, documentations of new-town or rural youth raves, ornate paintings composed in body-enhancing compounds suffused with collages chronicling the interaction and insecurities of online communities, or sculptural landscapes on pigmented crystals attempting to create an alluring utopian vision for lonely individuals to seek solace in. Under a crescendo of imagination, evidence and autistic vision, I seek to communicate and reveal comments about digitally-connected societies, perspectives on isolation, technology and bodies, our pursuits in ‘beauty’ or hope, composing testimonies of those seeking to be understood or loved.
🍊 Bio 🍊
Born in 1994, in Basildon, UK, George Morl is an artist and writer exploring human connection and affection under modern technology, queer dialogues, neuroscience, and the 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 the relationship between performance and male 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 (2019), Darren Henley Scholarship (2016-2018) for researching male working class identities in relation to 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 May 2020
All works and text © George Morl 2020