Following the migration of her grandparents from Gujarat, India in the 1940s, Jessie Kanji grew up in Wellington, Aotearoa. Inspired by Mother Nature, studies in medical science and indigenous cultures, she creates abstract forms. Catalysed by her journey on the West Coast of New Zealand, her art searches for the balance between order and chaos. Exploring the interconnectedness of life, Jessie plays with the elements of connection, movement, space and colour.
Jessie seamlessly translates her drawing practice through multiple print processes including screen-printing, etching, and woodcut. Through print-making, Jessie depicts her experiences with the cultures of warli, huichol and latin-american people. Jessie advocates for the healing process of creation in all its forms and the meaning it can bring to all shades of humanity.
b. 1997, Wellington, New Zealand; Lives and works in Aotearoa
2019 Science Degree in Physiology, University of Auckland, NZ
2023 Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, NZ
Selected Group Exhibitions
Level Four - Print, George Fraser, Auckland
Bledisloe Lane Light Box Installation, Art in the City, Auckland
Art in the Park: Eden Park, Auckland
Te Ahu Collective: Ponsonby, Auckland
Cross-Crits Collective Show: Oddly Projects Auckland
Arrowtown Art Union Exhibition: Lakes District Art Gallery Arrowtown