My work is primarily about love who, what, how, why I love.
I make it in counterpoint to all that is tough and brutal and sad in this life of ours.
Light in equal measure to the darkness.
It’s my hope for my work that it touches someone.
Makes them feel.
How it feels is everything.
FLEUR WICKES BIO:
FW is has been making artwork since 1989.
She began her artistic life as a portrait photographer in Wellington , and worked in this field for over twenty years, working with people all over New Zealand to make portraits \. She's photographs famous actors and rugby players and politicians, and has won numerous awards for her efforts, but the most important thing about portraits to Fleur is making photographs which get to the heart of who someone is.
Throughout her three decade career, FW has enjoying making work which is destined for someone's home. That's where the heart is after all. And Fleur's goal as an artist is for her work to make an emotional connection with people who see it.
FW has always loved words - she began writing as a teenager and as a young woman in her twenties, completed the the highly acclaimed Creative Writing Course at Victoria University with Bill Manhire, after which she got short stories and poetry published in the very well-respected NZ literary journal, SPORT.
In 2012, Fleur began drawing the words she wrote: the shape of the drawn word is like an emotional landscape for her, adding to the layers and the meaning additional to the words themselves.
FW has exhibited in many different galleries and spaces around New Zealand , but one project which she's very proud of won her Best Visual Art in the Wellington Fringe Awards for her show, “This is where I live”, which was a combination of her drawn-word work, and her photographs, shown in the context of her own home. It was a smash hit.
From there came her first solo exhibition in a public gallery, Te Manawa, Museum of Art Science and History in 2013. A large area was made to look like her artist's studio, with artwork taped over the windows of the gallery and pencils and the things artists use to make work included, as well as the more conventional framed artwork. It was such a success that the show got extended to double it's intended length.
FW spent 25 years in Wellington before making the move 7 years ago to her new hometown of Whanganui. She loves this quiet sleepy town and was very proud to be chosen to represent it as one of the six people profiled in the TVNZ documentary series, This Town.
Since moving to Whanganui, her artwork has moved from strength to strength, with her work in art collections right around New Zealand, Australia and some have even travelled as far as England, America and Canada.
Recently, along with continuing to push her “written word” work forward, she has moved back into making portraits, which she's loving, and also forward into the new territory of making marks with paint. It's very exciting for her to be working in a new medium.
FW.Mediums: Assemblage, Collage, Drawing, Drawing - Pen and/or ink, Drawing – Charcoal, Engraving, Metal works, Mixed media materials, Painting, Photography