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

Fiona Kirkwood South Africa RAIN

When looking at the theme “Symbiosis and Coexistence”, it makes me think of the African word UBUNTU. UBUNTU means “I am because of who we all are”. It highlights the fact that we are all interdependent, living together, co-existing in this global world.

My installation RAIN comments on climate change. Rain has a symbiotic relationship to the earth, to nature, to plants, trees, animals and to all living creatures, including us human beings.

South Africa, along with other countries in Southern Africa, Southern Australia, Central and South America and the Western USA are all experiencing the hottest years on record, strong unseasonal winds and more intense wildfires have become the norm along with severe droughts and water shortages due to lack of rain.

Rain is a natural phenomenon to be nurtured and respected. Without it we will not have a healthy ecology, without water we will all die.

Read Peter Machen's review of Rain.

Watch my video of Rain.