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.


Daisy Chain

16 - 26th June 2021
Group show with Alice Alva, Sophie Ballantyne, Saskia Bunce-Rath, Kara Burrowes, Jay Hutchinson, Hannah Phillips, Lizzie Leckie, Georgina May Young and Christiane Shortal. Curated by Sophie Ballantyne.
The Den, 181 High Street, Christchurch




17 September - 24 October 2021
Group show with Sosefina Andy, Tuby Joy Eade, Daphne Espiritu and Erican van Zon. Curated by Madeleine Gifford
Corban Estate, Henderson, Auckland