• The Interview: Polly Morgan
    From her London studio, the artist talks about her unique medium, style and the triumph of life after death with KERRY POTTER

    Photographs by MATT HOLYOAK Styling by helen broadfoot

    There is a stuffed baby giraffe sitting on the floor of an east London studio, lithe neck held high, eyes towards the heavens. At its feet, a very-much-alive Staffordshire bull terrier called Trotsky is chewing excitedly on a hoof, while his owner attempts to shoo him away. She strokes the giraffe’s fur in apology.

    A surreal vignette perhaps, but just another working day for artist Polly Morgan, the 34-year-old darling of the London art scene who has single-handedly popularized the Victorian art of taxidermy. Giraffe panic over, she leads me up a spiral staircase to

    Shirt, jeans and boots by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; earrings by Melissa Joy Manning; bangles by Inez and Vinoodh; bracelet by Scosha

    STYLE RÉSUMÉ

    PROFESSION: Artist

    MY STYLE: Minimal, androgynous, the antithesis of dolled up. I can’t remember the last time I wore a dress

    GO-TO LABELS: Céline, Acne Studios, Mother Of Pearl

    FAIL-SAFE PIECES: I have two blazers that I put over jeans and tees to pull an outfit together

    FAVORITE ACCESSORY: I love Tod’s bags: simple, block colors in lovely soft leather

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