What inspires your art practice?
I am interested in the intersection of art and spiritual experience. Inspired by our beautiful home planet earth and the vast cosmos, I aspire to create works that may activate spaces for viewers to be able to experience liminal moments of awareness of the unseen and unknown or an awakening to wonder. My hope is for viewers to be able to be within the work, to look and hear, rest and reflect and access the possibility of a transformative experience.
What materials do you work in?
For outdoor sculpture I work with steel and acrylic. PVC and light are also used for installations.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Luminary (Intangible) explores our relationship with the immediate environment and relationship to the distant and vast universe (the seen and unseen), drawing them both into the content of the work. The circle is the primary and universal symbol in this work. It represents the notions of wholeness, unity, the feminine, the self, the divine, eternity, life and all cyclic movement. Luminary (Intangible) is inspired by the potential for transformation. During World War 2 the green shed was used a bunker for storing ammunition, now activated with an art installation that invites participants to a potential experience - a liminal moment of encountering the unseen and unknown.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
On my website at karensewell.net
Where did you study?
Whitecliffe College of Art and Design graduated with an MFA with honours in 2016