🍊 Statement 🍊
Composing societal testimonies, George Morl explores evolving human connection and intimacy under modernising technology and popularised culture. They use self-portraiture, poetry, texts, photographic maps, sound, digital images, sensory paintings and sculptures, or scientific installations, as mediums to recontextualise and vision erased history and social exchanges in networks within our physical and virtual spaces. Through these, Morl who is genderfluid and autistic, uses personas and assumes avatars inspired by autobiography to enter spaces, converse with communal subcultures, investigating belonging, refuge, validation, and emotional reverence; paintings assessing interactions across apps communicating perception of touch and the experience of living in a body rather than observing one, soundscapes and poetic videos recounting trans lives, graphics that critique and dismantle sexual and power dynamics in queer spaces, collective archives that disrupt performative allegory portraits in museum collections, the utilisation of avatars by those with neurological conditions in virtual worlds to communicate in ‘safe spaces’, images analysing the motivations behind the plethora of torsos manipulated through steroid culture and digital technology projecting men’s gym rituals on social media, installations assessing the sensoriums within medical facilities in relation to hope, sculptures channeling our assemblages of vigils following bereavement or isolation. Through merging evidence, speculative fiction and imagination, Morl seeks to reveal these circumstances, providing a bridge to traverse alternative communication and communal approaches through work. As a result, collectively in presentation work centres on oscillating ideas, referencing esoteric or verboseness of Beat Literature, syntax, linguistics, neurodivergence, non-linear biology, echoing Morl’s genderfluidity and our existence within a perceptive multidimensional hyperdigital future.
🍊 Bio 🍊
Born in 1994, in Basildon, UK, George Morl is a visual artist, curator and digital avatar, exploring human connection under modern technology, queer dialogues, gender identity, 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 men’s body-images; Paradise Hotel, UCA, Canterbury (2016) examining sensoriums in medical spaces and sensory processing perspectives in neurological conditions. Others include Platform 2016, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016). Recipient of Jerwood Newlyn Residency, Newlyn (2020), Firstsite Award, Colchester (2020), Darren Henley Scholarship, (2016-2018) for researching working class identities in relation to body-image disorders, UCA Vice Chancellor Award (2016), and shortlisted for Jerwood Bursary (2019). In 2016 they were shortlisted for Platform Award.
Updated 06 December 2020
All images and text © George Morl 2020