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

Artist's Statement

A tribal ritual garment is seen as a protective covering, conveying the vibrancy and energy of the Zulu people in KwaZulu Natal who wear incredible traditional outfits to commemorate rites of passage.
The shield is a symbol of protection of the Zulu nation. My interpretation combines modern day synthetics and indigenous palm leaves. The skulls add a sense of mystery and the presence of the ancestors