25 May - 2 July 2022
A Way of Being Free is part of Rozana Lee’s ongoing exploration that draws on ideas surrounding migration, belonging, and identity. It looks at identity that exists within sociocultural context alongside self-reflection from personal experiences. It reflects on the fluidity and mobility in migrant identity, suggesting a type of identity that is not based on belonging to one single culture, but an identity that is able to be negotiated, partly detach, and expanding its connections with other cultures. An identity that embraces multiplicity and marginality as part of identity development: like a tree that is re-rooted in a new community, adjusting its growth to the changing environments and its surroundings.
Rozana Lee is of Indonesian-Chinese heritage. She moved to Aotearoa in 2010, and is currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She holds a Master of Fine Arts, with First Class Honours, from Elam, The University of Auckland (2018) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology (2015). Working across textile, moving image and painting, her work combines cultural elements form her birth country Indonesia, her Chinese ancestral heritage and her adopted home, Aotearoa New Zealand. Lee was recently the recipient of People's Choice Award of National Contemporary Art Award 2021 and Estuary Art & Ecology Prize Awards 2018. She has undertaken artist residencies at Instinc, Singapore in 2016, and Making Space, Guangzhou, China, in 2019.
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Rozana Lee, Summer Rain (detail), 2022, melted wax, ink, and acrylic on canvas, 1200 x 900mm
Image courtesy of the artist and Northart
25 May - 2 July 2022
Karen Sewell is a visual artist who works across media that include sculpture, installation, photography, painting, sound and light. Sewell lives and works in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland, New Zealand. In 2016 she graduated with a Masters in Fine Art with Honours from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. Her work has been selected for multiple awards, including the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards, the New Zealand Portrait Awards, the Wallace Art Awards, and in 2011 she won the Premier Award at the Waitakere Trusts Art Awards. Her work is represented in national and international private collections.
Karen Sewell has been invited by the Global Art Foundation (GAA) to exhibit in Personal Structures, Venice, Italy in 2022, a Venice Biennale collateral exhibition, hosted by the European Cultural Centre. The project is then touring to three New Zealand cities following the launch at Northart Gallery in Auckland in May 2022. In Venice, Luminary I Luminare will be exhibited in historical venue Palazzo Bembo, a 15th century Venetian Palace, situated in the centre of Venice adjacent to the Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal. Luminary I Luminare explores relationships between form, colour, light, space and sound, contributing to conversations on connections between abstraction and spiritual experience. The work seeks to evoke the unfathomable mystery and beauty of cosmic phenomena, and act as a potential threshold into the terrain of the numinous.
Karen Sewell, Luminary I Luminare, 2022, Personal Structures exhibition, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, installation image
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