KARA MANDEL

1991 Born in Sacramento, California, USA
Currently lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Education

2014 Bachelor of the Arts (Major in Painting/Printmaking, Minor in Andean Art History), California State University, Chico, California, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Explorations of Self, Lulu Gallery, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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

Group Exhibitions

2018 Tarkine in Motion (Bob Brown Foundation), Collingwood Gallery, Collingwood, VIC, AUS

Honey, Ellis Street Studios, South Yarra, VIC, AUS

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

Publications
2017 Bob Brown Foundation, Tarkine in Motion: Artist Journal, 2017, p. 32

Curatorial Projects

2017 takayna/Tarkine: Photography and Print Exhibition, Lot 19, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia

takayna/Tarkine: Nature, Identity, Community, Spirit, ACU Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia

2013 Unsettled Dreams: Monsters in Print, Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA, USA

Awards

2013 Honourable Merit Award, 18th Annual Juried Student Printmakers’ Exhibition & 11th Ink/Clay, Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA, USA

Collections

Works held in private collections in USA and Australia.

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.