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under intense scrutiny, 2019. soft plastic packaging and cotton. Photo by Sam Harnett

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.


7 December 2019 - 15 March 2020

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 Te Tuhi's summer exhibition season. The work titled, under intense scrutiny, is a 20 metre long soft plastic weaving that considers the overabundance of plastic in our society and corporate/social responsibility.


15 February – 22 March 2020 - Exhibition

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


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