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George Morl (b. Basildon 1994). Lives in Basildon and works in Colchester.

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Morl explores the dependency and possibilities of human connection under modernising technology, and how bodies, perceptions of us, and language inform our engagements with environments and interfaces. They use self-portraiture, performance, photographic maps, digital images, poetry, sound, film, drawings, paintings, sensory sculptures, and scientific installations, as mediums to examine the paradoxes and polarities of social exchanges within our shared archives, physical, and virtual networks from a queering lens. 

Through these systems and platforms, Morl who is genderfluid and autistic, uses personas and characters inspired by autobiography to converse with communal cultures investigating agency, care, belonging, refuge, validation, and emotional reverence.

Outcomes of these dialogues and works include paintings assessing interactions across apps and spaces communicating perception of ‘touch’ and emphasising experience of living in a body rather than observing one, soundscapes and poetic videos recounting journeys to intimacy, reimagining historical scenes or figures through modern day ‘avatars’ who present people with collective agency rather than as subjects outside of language barriers, photographic networks which investigate motivations behind edited bodies under steroid culture, and installations assessing the sensoriums within medical facilities in relation to presumed feelings of hope.

Merging evidence, speculative fiction and imagination, Morl seeks to reveal these relationships, providing a bridge to traverse alternative communication and colloborative approaches through work. As a result, in presentation work centres on oscillating ideas informed by neuroscience, non-linear biology, syntax, linguistics, echoing both genderfluidity and posing questions around our existence within a 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