Morgan Kamocki Allaby

Ceramic art of the male body


My work explores masculinity and sexuality with arrangements of male hybrid figures, sculpted primarily in clay. Using distinct personalities and bodies ranging from confident to meek, I question the qualities deemed acceptable in a “masculine” male. I fashion affectionate encounters to explore the role of touch in the formation of male identity, and quiet showdowns to suggest an animalistic struggle for dominance mixed with a desire for closeness. When portrayed alone, the hybrids are vulnerable and at odds with their implied environment.

My interest in ceramics stems from the potential for repeatable yet malleable objects with a variety of glazes and surface treatments. I believe clay adds a primordial quality to my figures, connecting with the unlikely facial features and feeling simultaneously ancient and contemporary.

Morgan has exhibited in Hamilton, Banff, and Toronto. In 2014 he completed a 2 month residency at Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, and recently exhibited a series of stone lithographs in the Centre3 member’s gallery.



In This Body

The Carnegie Gallery

August 3 – 26, 2018

Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

"In This Body" explores masculinity with hybrid male figures that are bound, standing nervously, or otherwise made vulnerable. Some are softer, some are muscular, and others more feminine - but they're all a bit uneasy about being on display.

Carnegie Gallery


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