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

Soul Bearers were a response to the rituals and magical tribal vibrations of KwaZulu- Natal; the strife of the apartheid society; the declaration of the State of Emergency; and the personal and universal desire for the continuation of life after death. The background suggests graves, the bearers' final resting places for souls. The work also explored fragmented colour and the use in an unorthodox way of the indigenous Ilala palm leaf.