Conversations with the Artists: Karen Sewell

Join exhibiting artist Karen Sewell in conversation with Northart Gallery Assistant Tamar Torrance on a tour of her solo exhibition 'Numinous Spheres'.

Sewell is a visual artist who lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand.  Sewell graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (with Honours) in 2016 from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. 

Interested in the intersection of art with spiritual experience, she aspires to create artworks that activate spaces for viewers  to be able to experience liminal moments of awareness of the unknown, an awakening to wonder, or numinous experiences.  “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 the divine. Viewers are invited to participate in the installations in some way; for reflection, rest or creative activity.  Sewell works across multiple media including sculpture, installation, photography, sound, light, drawing and painting.

Read essays by Tamar Torrance & Emil McAvoy on Sewell's 'Numinous Spheres' - on show at Northart until May 26, 2021. 


Karen Sewell, Pale Blue Dots 12, 2021, cyanotype, wooden frame, 370 x 375 mm 

Image courtesy of the artist and Northart