picolette, 2020. glycerine preserved ming fern, wool.

Karen Rubado is a Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland artist who is interested in the aggregation and transformation of found materials through hand-making. Her enthusiasm lies in the connections between intention and action, the real and imagined, and the imperfection that often characterises the handmade. Inspired by techniques of extemporising within a structure, her weaving practice encourages the unexpected and allows for spontaneity as a catalyst for discovery. She sees this as a subtle form of opposition to the authorial powers of tradition and the expectations emanating from both craft and contemporary art conventions.




15 October - 5 December 2021
Group show with Sosefina Andy, Tuby Joy Eade, Daphne Espiritu and Erican van Zon. Curated by Madeleine Gifford
Corban Estate, Henderson, Auckland



With the Environment on Our Minds

2  - 12 December 2021
Refab cabins, the cabin company saving building waste from the scrap heap and turning it into high spec cottages, has transformed into an interactive art gallery. Showcasing a diverse range of Tamaki Makaurau based artists whose practice is inspired and informed by the natural world and the need to protect it, this is a group show with an elevated consciousness.

Artists will be on site at Refab for the duration of the week. You're invited to bring your clean soft plastics into the cottage for artist Karen Rubado, who will weave your waste into her textile art. A continuation of a project started in 2019, Rubado's work, much like Refab Cabins, asks us to question how we define waste. Discover how through the process of hand making, a new relationship between manufacture, consumer, and maker unfolds to comment on what it means to consume and repurpose.

In the main cabin, July Cortez, Laura Donkers, Pete Force and Sean McDonnell present a diverse selection of paintings and sculptural objects that bring attention to the beauty of the natural environment and everyday objects. Each artist in their own way encourages us to reconsider how we see the world around us.
Refab Cabins, 606 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland