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Heatherleys Exhibition: Corrosion by Daniel Bibby

31 July – 25 August 2023


Heatherleys presents: Corrosion
An exhibition by Daniel Bibby



Join us for an exhibition of past and recent works by studio technician and Sculpture Diploma alumnus Daniel Bibby.

Corrosion by Daniel Bibby Exhibition Poster



Private View
24 August 2023
4:00pm – 7:00pm
31 July 2023 – 25 August 2023
Open Monday – Saturday
10.00am – 4.00pm
The Heatherley School of Fine Art75 Lots Road, London SW10 0RN



Artist’s Statement

I take my inspiration from shorelines; the ‘sea change’ wrought upon found objects. I spend long hours alone at the water’s edge, scouring the rocks for splinters of the past washed up by the tide – collecting corroded objects and fragments which I piece together into figures – human, animal and otherworldly – rearranging the found objects for days or weeks like a jigsaw puzzle, letting the pieces find the form they want to become.

I’m inspired by the anatomy of extremes: insects and reptiles I kept as a child; the distorted realism of Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti – making works that consider the visceral nature of corrosion and decay.

I’ve always looked out for anything that seemed useful, anything that could be part of a figure. I used to mostly look for metal – I really love the erosion of metal, the patination it creates. But, more recently I’ve been seeking out organic items, like crab claws and bones.

I expand the microscopic worlds of rust and decay through my photographic practice: conjuring landscapes of strange, liminal spaces – iridescent, fantastical vistas, fashioned by the corruption and deterioration caused by pollution, the elements and the passage of time.

This effect of time – how it weighs down on all things, pulling, squeezing and wrenching them into new and alarming forms – is the underlying theme of this work.


At Heatherleys

Daniel Bibby graduated from Heatherleys’ Sculpture Diploma and now works as one of Heatherleys studio technicians.


To see more of Daniel’s work, visit his website