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Morys Davies, 21st Century Relic, 2023

Gypsum cement with embedded found material

Original sculpture 

15(w) x 15(d) x 16(h)cm | 5.9 x 5.9 x 6.29 in 


This piece was exhibited as part of Mory's solo show "Screen Time" at Saan1 in Manchester, it was the centre piece of the ground floor during the show. The sculpture contains a disposable vape, nos canister, bottle top, Covid lateral flow test and builders JCB construction phone acting as a memorial of the 21st century. Contents were found on a five minute walk on around Manchester City Centre.


Morys Davies is a Welsh multi-media artist who explores the evolving relationship we share with technology in the 21st century and his identity as a digital native.

In his work, he transforms technology into his canvas to create a hybrid between sculpture and painting that features raw and exposed insides to pull back the screen and encourage the viewer to consider the value we place on these devices.

In his newest body of work "Screen Time" he asks the viewer if the internet, and subsequently smartphones have reached a point of diminishing returns and now serve as a tool for our control. Within this, he explores the topics of iPad kids, his fear for future generations, and the problematic design of social media. 

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