Kara Mandel is an emerging artist living in Melbourne. What began as a therapeutic art practice years ago has evolved into an intimate platform of self-inquiry and devotion to conscious expression. Through a curious exploration of meditative practices, ritual and personal experiences as a woman, she has seen her inner and outer landscapes shift and as such, her work deeply influenced by these moments.
She has long held a deep fascination for the physical/emotional/spiritual body, and how each individual’s personal and collective experience shapes their perceptions of the world, creating the lens through which they define themselves.
The parallels between physical gestation and the incubation of ideas permeate her work, as well as themes of release, collective identity and creation.Utilising painting, printmaking, sculpture, and the body, Kara invites inquiry on behalf of the viewer. The works engage the audience to pause and observe their individual responses to the shapes, use of colour, and line work.
In 2014, she completed a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking at California State University, Chico. Since moving to Melbourne, Kara’s work has been shown in galleries around the city. Her works are in public spaces and private collections in the United States and Australia.
Kara's current exhibition "Surrender/Uncover" is up now at Brunswick Street Gallery.