Fiona Kirkwood

Fiona Kirkwood is a South African artist who lives in
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She works in fibre and mixed media
to produce contemporary sculptures and installations

Artist's Statement

The work alludes to secular or religious ritual ceremonies carried out by ancient tribes and  societies around the globe linked to sacrifice, life, death and afterlife.  The artist has used her own image lying prostrate and was filmed interacting with the work as she made it.  Everything is about mystery and mystical ritual;  the laborious ritual of making  Bojagi wrapping cloth (the South Korean form of patchwork); the ritual of the artist's hair as it is laid out;  and the final ritual performance by the artist wrapping the cloths around herself as shrouds and  protective coverings.  The artist has included close up images of her own hair in the large wrapping cloth and those of the other people in South Africa - black and white.

Ritual (2012)