My name is Wesley John Fourie and I am a New
Zealand artist currently in Nepal on a artist residency. I
have spent the past five months in India and Nepal making art, and
a gallery on Sado Island, Japan is interested in showing the work I
have made across six months in artist residencies on the Indian
Subcontinent in January. I am hoping to crowdfund to help me
exhibit this work in Japan, as after the residencies I am very
close to broke- but hope to further expand the audience of this
The central piece of the installation (from across a
body of water) is a (upon completion) 20 meter long hand knit
carpet (at present it is 13 meters), which details my journey
across the Pacific to the indian subcontinent, colour coding each
place I have been to. The installation also includes drawings and
knitted landscapes I have made across the Indian subcontinent.
During this time, I have also conducted workshops on various
knitting techniques, and hope during my installation in Japan I
will be able to host another workshop, as I am passionate about
preserving traditional techniques and expanding the audience of
such techniques into a fine art audience.
This project is a part of a larger plan that I have
for 2020, which includes an artist residency in Russia, as well as
another residency in Vietnam, where I will be finger knitting the
height of Russia's tallest mountain (Elbrus), as well as Vietnam's
tallest mountain (Fansipan).
I am interested in expanding relations between New
Zealand and Asia, and it is for this reason I am pursuing these
projects in these locations.
A little bit about me: I am a queer artist who spends
half of my life on the Milford track in Fiordland National Park, as
I am lucky enough to work there during the great walks season. This
has served as a great source of inspiration for my art, and the
past two years living here has allowed me to deepen my spiritual
relationship with nature. I have recently made the decision that in
April, I would like to spend a full year deepening my art practice,
by becoming a full time artist. I hope and believe that by being
open and honest about my passions and goals, that people will want
to support me.
At my current artist residency in Nepal, I am
assembling a small, limited edition book, titled "eternal sunshine,
sacred mountains", which details my six months spent across India
and Nepal, and each person who pledges more than $150 to this
project will be entitled to a copy of this book.Those who pledge
$100 will be entitled to a signed print of one of my drawings, and
each and every single donor will receive a hand written letter
offering my eternal gratitude in helping my realize my goal of
being a full time artist.
If you're interested in seeing my work, and what will
be on show in Japan, please visit my website at
www.wesleyjohnfourie.com and to see what six months of work across
India and Nepal looks like, please click the blog link "eternal
sunshine, sacred mountains"