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.
24 August 2023
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Open Monday – Saturday
10.00am – 4.00pm
The Heatherley School of Fine Art 75 Lots Road, London SW10 0RN
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.
To see more of Daniel’s work, visit his website