Coinciding with Borland's major survey show, Polyverse, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Polymorph for Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney included new works from the series Morph made in collaboration with model Sibylla Phipps. Continuing Borland's exploration of the possibilities of abstraction and the surreal, the Morph series combines anthropomorphic soft-sculpture and abstracted portraiture. An exciting advance in Borland's practice, these new works present the human form in surprising and unfamiliar ways. At once tender and troubling, they are poignantly human and pointedly not; an amalgam of humour, the uncanny and a disquieting uneasiness.
Accompanying these works will be five portraits of Borland by five invited artists: Emma Borland, Tony Clark, Eliza Hutchinson, Elizabeth Newman, Constance Zikos and Christina Zimpel. Underscoring the ideas of distortion and transformation explored in the Morph series, Borland asked each artist to respond to the portrait invitation in any way they wished to in terms of size, medium and style, creating five images across which the artist's face is repeatedly recast and reinterpreted.
Sullivan+Strumpf acknowledge the Indigenous People of this land, the traditional custodians on whose Country we work, live and learn. We pay respect to Elders, past and present, and recognise their continued connection to culture, land, waters and community.