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XXY in Conversation: Space Talk with Freya Morgan and The Homogenous Blob

XXY in Conversation: Space Talk with Freya Morgan and The Homogenous Blob

Central Saint Martins illustration graduate, Freya Morgan, recently teamed up with the Brighton-based digital agency, Bozboz. Like Alice venturing through the Looking Glass, our contributor Louise Harrison caught up with Freya to delve into her wonderfully weird illustrative world where plants swap places with humans and the strange recurring leitmotif of the blob ‘man’ pops up throughout. From Freya’s ideas regarding space to aliens and the fear that comes with growing up, their chat covered our world, the universe, and everything beyond.

Louise Harrison: Can you describe yourself in 6 words?

Freya Morgan: Always anxious and maybe curious sometimes.

LH: This month’s issue explores Space. What is the narrative of your work and can you describe the role space plays within it?

FM: The narrative of my work describes a dialogue in a world where everything you are comfortable with is questioned. That includes the nature of space and time that I guess informs basically every aspect of our existence.

LH: Your work incorporates perspective systems such as linear and isometric grids. What is the relationship between these and the message you are trying to convey in your work?

FM: I find the isometric perspective interesting to work with as it expresses a world basically without perspective, where everything is the same as far as the eye can see in terms of an object’s scale or distortion. In using this system, I think it allows me to be more able to play with people’s preconceptions of what it is they are looking at, as with an isometric grid you can easily create an idealistic representation of the world.

LH: Who is the blob ‘man’ in your work, and where does he come from?

FM: The figure in the work is a metaphor for all mankind and the homogenous blob that we could so easily become.

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LH: How would you describe the physical and literal space between people and plants/nature in your work? How do you think this relationship will develop in the future?

FM: There’s a very strange dichotomy that exists between man and plant, and I just try to narrow this gap by challenging the way in which we view different forms of what we consider to be living things. I think that in the future, space will diminish between us as we hopefully integrate plants into our cities even further and learn from them to benefit our lives.

LH: You say you are inspired by Sci-Fi – in what way, and can you give us some examples?

FM: When I was younger I loved watching Blade Runner and Alien, and I would say that I’ve probably adopted some of their more sinister elements. I have always been interested in the future and futuristic ideas and landscapes, utopias and dystopias.

LH: Do you believe there are other life forms out there, and if so, how do you think we could learn from them?

FM: I have never been surer of anything. There is life out there in the infinite universe, and I think that we could learn, in some perspective, that we are not the be all and end all. We should take joy in the wonderful mystery of the universe – which we will probably never really understand.

Having recently been selected as one of the top graduates to come out of 2016 by Creative Review’s Talent spotting scheme, Freya’s work can be found on JCDecaux digital screens all over the UK, including major railway stations, shopping centres and roadways.

 

Written by Louise Harrison,

Contributor

Visuals by Freya Morgan

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