Amazing Suspended Sculptures by Claire Morgan

Irish visual artist Claire Morgan spends countless hours arranging thousands of pieces of everything from leaves to fruit flies to create these incredibly detailed suspended sculptures.

"My work is about change and the passing of time, and the transience of everything around us."

"My attention has been drawn to the cheap distractions we choose to place in our immediate vicinity, with which to screen us from the overwhelming facts: that we are nothing; that our only certainty as individuals is a life, of unspecified duration, and then a death."

"For me, creating seemingly solid structures or forms from thousands of individually suspended elements has a direct relation with my experience of these forces. There is a sense of fragility and a lack of solidity that carries through all the sculptures. I feel as if they are somewhere between movement and stillness, and thus in possession of a certain energy."

"Animals, birds and insects have been present in my recent sculptures, and I use suspense to create something akin to freeze frames. In some works, animals might appear to fly or fall through other seemingly solid suspended forms, or even perch or sit on them. In other works, insects appear to fly in static formations. The evidence of gravity - or lack of it - inherent in these scenarios is what brings them to life, or death."

"The processes involved in the work are laborious and there are thousands of individual elements involved, but clarity of form is of high importance. I do not wish the animals to provide a narrative, but rather to introduce an element of movement, or energy, or some sort of reality; animating or interacting with the larger architectural forms."

Morgan created this sculpture made of 5,300 origami paper boats when she was commissioned by National Trust in Newcastle, UK in 2006.

"People seemed to latch on to that image and it brought me a lot of attention."

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