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About

Kara Mandel is an 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 "Explorations of Self" is up now at Lulu (506 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne).

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Education

Bachelor of the Arts in Painting & Printmaking, California State University, Chico (2014)

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Lulu Gallery, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2018 Surrender / Uncover, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2018 Tarkine in Motion, Long Gallery, Hobart, TAS, Australia

2017 Love & Marriage, Lulu Cafe & Gallery, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia
takayna/Tarkine: Nature, Identity, Community, Spirit, ACU Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia
Mujeres y Vida, Lulu Cafe & Gallery, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2013 Beauty and the Abject: A Dialectic, BMU Gallery, Chico, CA, USA
18th Annual Juried Student Printmakers Exhibition & 11th Ink/Clay, Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA, USA (juried by Matthew Hopson-Walker)
10 x 10 x 20, BSO Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA, USA
From the Trenches, Avenue 9 Gallery, Chico, CA, USA

2012 10 x 10 x 20, BSO Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA, USA

2011 10 x 10 x 20, BSO Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA, USA

Press

2018 Profiled Artist, Brunswick Street Gallery, http://www.brunswickstreetgallery.com.au/profiled-artist/
2017 Bob Brown Foundation, Tarkine in Motion: Artist Journal, 2017, p. 32

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