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, canvas, galvanised painted steel, photographs, grass


200cms x 200cms x 240 cms


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

Zulu House Coat  2001
Burning of Cetswayo's Kraal by the British 4th July 1879. Charred, blackened, embers. Beehive huts, the Royal kraal at Ulundi, Kwazulu Natal. Original plaited grass.
Survival and revival of Zulu culture. Comparing the beautiful craftsmanship and natural materials to the recycled materials in the squatter camps and the bricks, cement and plaster boxes of the modern "improved" homes.


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