Wesley John Fourie

Wesley John Fourie is an artist based on the Milford Track in UNESCO World Heritage Site, ’Fiordland National Park’ on the west coast of New Zealand’s south island Te Waipounamu. Their work explores the themes of nature, and spirituality.

Drawing heavily upon Hindu philosophy where all natural resources are considered as God’s ( a river, a mountain valley, etc.) Wesley John creates site specific textile installations that pay homage to each place in which they inhabit. Whether knitting the height of a mountain, a 1/100 scale of a river, the height of a waterfall, or the circumference of a body of water, Wesley John works to elevate these natural resources to divine status through art.

These works act as shrine to their original bodies, or to be thought of as extensions of their natural bodies.

Their work is predominantly textile based, though has also been written, performative, drawing, and painting. Wesley John see’s art as a vehicle to raise awareness of the sacred status of our natural environment, and will often be found (when not in their studio) lost somewhere in the forest. Due to an interest in spirituality, they have spent extended periods of time across the Indian subcontinent.

Their work is held in private collections across New Zealand, India, Japan, Nepal, Germany, Italy, and Australia.

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?

Green, though I get a lot of energy from yellow and orange

How do you take your coffee?

Black, no sugar

Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Nag champa incense, and an assortment of rocks and leaves

Who is your favourite artist of all time + now? Why?

Tracy Emin, I love the honesty in her work and I find it all very brave

5 words that explain you or your art?

Colourful, extreme, spiritual, emotive, and a little bit pathetic