CR: Describe yourself as an artist in just 5 words.
FM: Nervous girl who loves plants
Illustration from series Photosympathise
CR: What drew you to studying illustration at university and what’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your course?
FM: Initially I chose graphic design because my tutor on foundation told me that I should, and I liked doing lots of bubble writing, which was all I really wanted to do. But then I sort of veered off into Illustration because I became excited by the prospect that I could create a whole new little exploratory world through a single image. I think what’s most interesting about Illustration, is that it gives you a platform to play with people’s preconceptions, especially in relation to iconography. I love the possibility that you can basically create, like, an alternative universe by exploiting those associations people hold towards familiar objects and then distorting them or their uses to explain things that you never could in reality.
Photosympathise Screenprints, depicts an alternative reality where people and plants have swapped roles in the home
CR: We’re sure your series ‘If people were like plants’ has received some interesting reactions. Any particularly amusing?
FM: One girl asked me if the genderless figure in the pictures was supposed to be me, which I think is kind of weird. A lot of people have told me that it reminds them of Habbo Hotel, and someone complimented me on the chunkiness of the computer keyboard.
Spacetime is a loaf of bread – a diagram proposing a different way of thinking about the nature of time, using the slicing of bread as an analogy for this
CR: Is your work inspired by anything in particular?
FM: Probably the most obvious inspiration behind my work is my love of plants, but that most likely originates from my mum and when I was younger, and she had a big cheeseplant in her office at work that I was obsessed with. But also I would cite the movie Alien, Habbo Hotel and Sim City 3000 as some more sources of inspiration.
Diagrams developed in response to the Mathematical Fiction novel Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
CR: What would your dream project or commission look like?
FM: Without a shadow of a doubt my dream commission would be to rebrand Monster Munch and to direct an episode of The Simpsons.
Morgan is one of the 15 graduates whose work has been selected by us to appear on JCDecaux digital screens all over the UK, including at major railway stations, shopping centres and roadways as a part of CR’s Talentspotting scheme.
Read more here:: Gradwatch: Freya Morgan