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


polyester, canvas, fibres, plastic and glass beads


6m x 6m x 3m (variable)


The African indigenous Trichilia Dregeana (Umkhuhlu) tree and its seeds, human sperm and ovum are the inspiration for this work.

Seeds are the essence of nature in the plant world, the beginning of the renewal of life like the sperm and the ovum in the human and animal kingdoms.

The repetition of the circle in the work refers to the repetitive cycles of nature and the apparent movement to nature’s dynamism and fluidity.

"INCEPTIONS" also refers to 'SEED BANKS' which are being established to ensure the survival of many indigenous species of plants and trees worldwide. 'SPERM BANKS' already exist.






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