04.02.17

LEANDRO CASTRO INTERVIEW: CLAIRE MORGAN


© Claire Morgan photographed by David Holbrook.


PROFILE
NAME: Claire Morgan
BORN: Belfast,1980
OCCUPATION: Artist
PLACE: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
WEB: www.Claire-Morgan.co.uk


Where are you right now?


In my studio in Gateshead, working on a new painting.


Are you an easy person to live with?


I would guess I am probably the worst person to live with.


What was the best moment in your life?


Moments when I have experienced true peace and happiness.


Where does your inspiration come from?


Everywhere - nature, culture, society, geography, change, watching time pass and the effect it has on all of these other things.



Claire Morgan - "Solid Air" | (2015), Fox (taxidermy), dandelion seeds,nylon, in a glass cabinet; 83 x 56.6 x 56.6 cm (h x w x d).

Where do you do all your creative work?


I make everything in my studio, but often my inspiration comes more easily when I am elsewhere, especially when I am outside.


What is your favorite time of year?  Why?


I would usually say autumn, but at the moment probably spring. The colours of autumn and the sombreness of it are beautiful, but spring is very exciting.


What makes you angry?


The trouble and hatred that is caused by ignorance and greed.


What makes you happy?


Spending time with my four cats.


Claire Morgan - "The Birds and the Bees" | (2012), Honey bees, taxidermy blackbirds, plant pigment (saffron), nylon, lead, acrylic; 240 x 84 x 84 cm (h x w x d).

Describe your personal style in three words.


Patterns - Colours -  Patterns.


What is your favorite color?


Mustard/gold.


What is your guiltiest pleasure?


Old skool rave music.


What Book are you reading by now?


"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace.

© Claire Morgan photographed by David Holbrook.


Can you name an artist you admire?


Bjork and David Foster Wallace.


What do you think about art?


I think it is more valuable to feel something deeply as a response to art, than to think about it on an intellectual level.


Your recent songs you're listening at the moment?


I am listening to these albums: Aphex Twin - Syro, Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool, Bjork - Vulnicura.


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


I try/need to be in control.


Claire Morgan - "That's All Folks" | (2015), Rabbit (taxidermy), Bluebottles, nylon, in a glass cabinet; 73.4 x 46.6 x 46.6 cm (h x w x d).

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


I can't think of any, though I do swear a lot.


Is there anything you don't like to wear at the moment?


Jeans.


Where would you most like to be right now?


Japan.


Claire Morgan - "Throe" | (2010) Rooks (2, taxidermy), thistle seeds, nylon, lead, acrylic; 300 x 180 x 180 cm (h x w x d).

Thank you very much, Claire Morgan!

Leandro Castro


Images/Credits: Claire Morgan | Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Paris, St. Moritz.