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


polyethylene, plastic


190cms x 200cms


The Coat is used here as a metaphor for protection of individuals, society, culture and history as well as a recognizable symbol of the human form. The six large works reflect my awareness of the spirit of South Africa, of Zulu culture and history, the transition from the apartheid era to post-apartheid democracy, South African news and how it impacts on our lives and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They also reflect the traditional beadwork techniques and the energy and vibrancy of Kwazulu Natal where I live.


KZN Energy Coat  2001

Vibrancy of KZN, mixture of culture, colourful, sunshine, sea, wildlife, natural environment. Energy is ethereal, intangible, but we can see the results of it. It is within us and surrounding us and we must protect it.




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