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

Media

polyethylene, concrete, acrylic, tin foil, plastic garbage bags

Dimensions

342cms (diameter) x 35cms

TERRESTRIAL LUNAR LANDSCAPE (1998)

"Transgressions?": The exhibition consisted of eight large installations and sculptures by me with individual photographic interpretations by photographers Val Adamson and Barry Downard. Val Adamson photographed my works in appropriate outdoor and indoor environments and Barry Downard focused on making viewers more aware of detailed aspects of the works by producing enlarged computer-enhanced photographs of different sections of the sculptures.

In this exhibition I was exploring what we are carrying forward from the past and present into the new Millennium, both positively and negatively, and the works reflect global issues such as AIDs, El Nino, pollution, energy, war, poaching of large endangered mammals, computers and space travel. The base materials for the sculptures consisted of discarded industrial waste from factories that is used in the manufacture of functional fibre products. I chose this medium for its visual appeal and because plastic is a 20th Century invention which has impacted positively and negatively on our planet.

 

Terrestrial Lunar Landscape  1998
(Details)
 
"The troubled Mir Spacecraft could land on populated areas when it ends its 13 year endurance trial in orbit. Salyut-7 space base came back in 1991. It should have landed in the Atlantic, it ended up striking South America. Skylab was aimed at the Pacific and ended up going into Western Australia". (Mail and Guardian 20 August 1998).

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