Sarten is a Masters graduate from Elam School of Fine Art who works in a range of media from photography to installation.

Sarten began her art practice with an investigation into Anxiety using photography as a medium, and has more recently included sculptural approaches to broaden the scope of her practice.

Sarten’s work investigates various contemporary power relations including psychological, social and geo-political. Recent projects have engaged with topics ranging from war to child abuse, and ways of addressing situations that are endemic to our social situation while at the same time that sit outside society’s comfort zone. Sarten’s work asks us to think about things that are often pushed aside and not talked about.

While studying for her Masters degree at Elam, she narrowed down her research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, exploring some of the lesser-discussed aspects of the war experience had by New Zealand soldiers. Her work touched on subjects such as conscientious objectors, and the effects that post traumatic stress disorders had on soldiers. Her work continues to draw attention to specific historical and present events and aims to raise our awareness, of war and its results.

Sarten has won numerous awards including the joint winner of the Waikato Contemporary Art Award. Winner of 2011 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art award Sarten exhibits extensively though out New Zealand Sarten has been exhibiting extensively though out NZ and overseas since 2002

Abridged CV of work

2015 Norm & Noeleen Tauranga Public Art Gallery Tauranga

2015 Feed the Kids Too, various Auckland schools Auckland

2014 Sculpture on Shore, Fort Takapuna Auckland

2014 Finalist The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award

2013 & 2014 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award Finalist Hamilton

2012 & 2014 Harbourview Sculpture Trail Te Atatu Auckland

2013 Strange Fruit Solo 35 NZGFA Queens Wharf Wellington

2013 Estuary Artworks 2013 Finalist Uxbridge, Art Gallery Howick Auckland

2012 Norm & Noeleen Corbans Estate Art Centre Auckland

2008 & 2010 & 2012  Sculpture on Shore, Fort Takapuna Auckland

2011 Waitakere Project Twin Streams Awards Sculpture Award Winner

2012 Splore Tapapakanga Regional Park Auckland

2011 Summer: sky above, earth below The Sculpture Park Waitakaruru


2011 Summer: sky above, earth below The Sculpture Park Waitakaruru


2011 Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award 2011 Winner

2010 Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Award Winner

2010 T[error} Habeas Corpus Collective COCA Christchurch

2010 Bears Tauranga Public Art Gallery

2008 Girls Fest Honolulu, Hawaii

Organizations Habeas Corpus Artist Collective, Formed 2007 – present


2014 Stand Tall Christchurch 2014

2008 White Ribbon Day Door Project

2008 Artists Concept Design for the Tui Glen / Cranwell Park Footbridge Waitakere

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