About Bibo Keeley

BIBO KEELEY 2018 Skye residency CALLING TO THE MOUNTAINS - Copy

My work reflects on personal experience and my deep personal feeling of a connection with nature.

I use the word nature in the broadest sense. This includes the environment, specific natural locations, animals and the human body.  In German this is called NATURVERBUNDENHEIT.

My work focuses on a wide range of issues; from environmental concerns such as global pollution to the topic of gender and gender inequality – as different as they might seem, they all stem from my feeling of Naturverbundenheit.

I like to use sculpture, video, photography, and performative elements including singing.  These media often overlap – for example, I might use a sculptural piece in a performance and then document this through video.

Quite often my work suggests a narrative.  I draw on the human affinity to rituals, often using symbolism from the mythical of different cultures. I am also inspired by organic forms in the natural world.

When creating sculpture, I am very interested in learning the relevant making process. I have a great affinity for clay because of its immediacy and ‘healing’ qualities; I have also worked in bronze and other materials.nominees_BABW_stamp_2018_black.png (600×600)

Nominated for the BLOOM Award by Warsteiner art prize (2018)
for a collaborative performance/installation with Brian Keeley

”breath-taking contemporary Scottish photography” Aberdeen Voice (2017)

In terms of modern Scottish and British Feminist art, Keeley’s work builds upon a platform raised by eminent artists such as Jenny Saville, Kate Davis and Alison Watt.”  – Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Art Historian at The University of Aberdeen (2015)

unflinching photographs” – The Scotsman (2015)

…a Viking ship made by Bibo. The ship looks as if it is bound for Valhalla, but the little box nestling in its hull contains – not ashes – but sand from their favourite shore. It’s a quiet, but potent reminder of what could have been; but wasn’t.” – The Scotsman (2015)

optimistic, personal, educational and aesthetically wonderfulAberdeen Voice (2015)

 

 

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