Queen of the oxes, 2019. plastic, wool, and cotton

Karen Rubado is an 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.


A sunny disposition is a traveling finalist in the Annual Wallace Art Awards, on now at the Pah Homestead until 10 November 2019.


12 October 2019 - Open Studio

For ArtWeek we'll be opening up our studios at Sergeant Flats. Come and visit myself, Deborah Crowe, Margaret Estall, George Hajian, and Veronica Herber. A variety of contemporary works including drawing, collage, objects, weaving, painting, photography and limited edition prints will be for sale. Open from 11am - 4pm. 1B Ponsonby Road (right next to Studio One).


15 October 2019 - Artist Talk

The Wallace Art Awards 10 x 10 is an evening of talks by 10 winners and finalists from the 2019 Wallace Art Awards. "This interactive event will involve moving throughout the gallery to view the works of the 2019 Wallace Art Award finalists and to learn more about the inspiration behind the art works." 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Pah Homestead.


17 October 2019 - open studio

A second opportunity to view the art studios at Sergeant Flats. Open from 5:00 - 9:00pm. 1B Ponsonby Road (right next to Studio One).


21 November 2019 – 26 January 2020 - Exhibition

Annual Wallace Art Award Traveling Show, Wallace Gallery Morrinsville


7 December 2019 - Exhibition

I am honoured this year to be chosen as the artist for the Te Tuhi Wall Project. The opening will coincide with the opening of the summer exhibition season. More details to come.


15 February – 22 March 2020 - Exhibition

Annual Wallace Art Award Traveling Show, Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington