Following the immigration of her grandparents from Gujarat, India in the 1940s, Jessie Kanji grew up in Wellington, Aotearoa. Inspired by mother nature, studies in physiology 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.
Studying the interconnectedness of life through exploring the interplay of physiological processes, Jessie plays with the elements of connection, movement, space and colour. Her artwork expresses the dance of life processes through mother nature as reflected in the human form.
Jessie advocates for the healing power of art 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, New Zealand
2022 Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand
West of Karamea: Movespace Auckland
Selected Group Exhibitions
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
The Space Exhibition: Te Atatu, Auckland
Cross-Crits Collective Show: Oddly Projects Auckland
Abundancia Exhibition: Raglan
Arrowtown Art Union Exhibition: Lakes District Art Gallery Arrowtown
Sprint Portraits Exhibition: Queenstown