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Karen Sewell | Numinous Spheres

Karen Sewell, Awakenings I, 2020. Installation, custom pvc balloon, organza, light 2m x 2m x 3.5m
4 May 2021 to 26 May 2021
Tuesday - Friday, 10am-4pm, Sat - Sun, 11am-4pm
Northart is excited to host a solo exhibition of artist Karen Sewell
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Northart Gallery
Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote


Northart is excited to host a solo exhibition of Tāmaki Makaurau based artist Karen Sewell. She works across multiple media including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and photography, specialising in installation practice. 

Sewell is interested in the intersection of art with spiritual experience. She aspires to create artworks that activate spaces for participants to be able to experience liminal moments of awareness of the unknown, an awakening to wonder, or numinous experiences.  Sewell notes that, “Numinous” speaks to everything within the realm of our experience which cannot be quantified, explained, or contained: our intuition, and our feeling-states, our connection to the cosmos, and for some a sense of divine.” This exhibition, Numinous Spheres, explores contemporary connections between art and spiritual experience through relationships between geometry, abstraction, colour, light, and space.

The exhibition will open with an event on Sunday 2nd of May from 4 to 6 pm, and then run daily at Northart until 26th of May. Public programming for this exhibition will include a ‘Conversation with the Artists’ on Saturday the 9th of May at 1pm and an artists workshop on the 22nd of May. In this artist-led workshop participants will be able to make their own 'Lumen Print', photographic images made by the sun. More specific details will be announced on Northart’s website and social media.

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15 Apr 2021

Located in the Northcote Shopping Centre, just ten minutes from downtown Auckland and Takapuna, Northart provides a public programme of exhibitions and other visual arts activities, characterised by accessibility and innovation.