Kara Schoeman is an accomplished artist hailing from the enchanting landscapes of Clarens in the Eastern Free State, South Africa. Renowned for her captivating sculptures, immersive installations, and mesmerizing video projections, Schoeman seamlessly merges art with psychology, delving into the profound realms of human consciousness. Currently on the brink of completing her Masters degree in Art Therapy at the prestigious University of Johannesburg, she stands as a pioneering member of the inaugural cohort to embark on this transformative journey within South Africa.
Within her awe-inspiring body of work, Schoeman skillfully explores the poignant theme of species extinction and its profound impact on the human psyche. Her artistic prowess shines through in her meticulous metal creations, ingeniously repurposing recycled aluminum and breathing life into intricate functional artworks. Employing a unique process that involves melting down diverse auto-motor parts and skillfully casting them, she masterfully forges pieces that captivate the imagination and provoke thought.
Schoeman's artistic journey commenced with her graduation from the University of the Free State in 2016, where she achieved a remarkable BA Fine Art Degree with honors, solidifying her status as an exceptional talent. Notably, she went on to graduate with a BA Honours degree in Psychology in 2017, demonstrating her holistic approach to the creative process. Her unwavering dedication to her craft culminated in the achievement of an Honours degree in Art Therapy, with the esteemed distinction of cum laude, in 2021.
During her academic pursuits, Schoeman's outstanding abilities were recognized and celebrated. She garnered accolades as the best Fine Art student in her year group for two consecutive years, an achievement that attests to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to artistic excellence. Furthermore, in 2015, she was honored with the coveted title of best overall Art History student, further solidifying her reputation as a multifaceted artist.
Schoeman's mesmerizing works have been prominently displayed in prestigious galleries and institutions, including the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Map Gallery, UJ Art Gallery, Young Blood Art Gallery, Gallery on Leviseur, ABSA Gallery, Art@Clocktower Gallery, Art@Africa, and Design Indaba. Each exhibition serves as a testament to her ability to evoke powerful emotions and engage viewers in transformative experiences.
With her vast knowledge and passion for the arts, Schoeman has also actively contributed to the education sector. As a Junior Lecturer in the Fine Art department of the University of the Free State, she has guided and inspired aspiring artists, shaping the next generation of creative visionaries. Moreover, her prowess extends beyond the studio as she has curated and co-curated several exhibitions, curating immersive spaces that ignite dialogue and provoke contemplation.
Schoeman's deep-rooted connection to the artistic world is further exemplified through her previous role as a Gallery Assistant at the esteemed Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery from 2015 to 2017. Alongside her tenure at the gallery, she has been an integral part of the University of the Free State since 2015, lending her expertise to the Fine Art department, Art History and Image Studies department, as well as the Psychology Department.
Kara Schoeman is more than an artist; she is a visionary whose artistic expression transcends boundaries. Her creations not only invite viewers to explore the intricate tapestry of emotions, but also illuminate the profound connection between art and psychology. As she continues to push artistic boundaries and unravel the mysteries of the human psyche, Schoeman's remarkable journey unfolds, captivating hearts and minds alike.
AWARDS & PRIZES
2014 Golden Key International Honour Society Award
2015 Award for best second year Fine Art student
Finalist PPC Imaginarium Art Competition
2016 Award for best third year Fine Art student
Award for best overall Art History student
Finalist Phatsohane Henney New Breed Art Competition
2017 Award for best fourth year Fine Art student
2018 Awarded third place for "Aluminium bowl" at InniBos National Craft Awards
2018 Finalist L'Atelier Art Competition
2018 Finalist Phatsohane Henney New Breed Art Competition
2019 Design Indaba, Emerging Creatives class of 2019
2020 National Art Council Grant Holder: Clarens Metal Foundry Educational project: Metal Sculpture Casting for Youth in need
2021 House and Garden magazine: Women shaping design 2021
2013 “Fracking”, Map, Richmond Gallery, Richmond Northern Cape
2014 “Oculus”, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein,
2014 “PPC Imaginarium, Finalists Exhibition”, UJ Art gallery, Johannesburg
2015 μερáκi (May-rah-kee), Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein (as artist and co-curator)
2015 Design Indaba, Annual Expo, Cape Town International Convention Centre
2015 “The Shift of Emancipation” Social Justice and Reconciliation Institute, UFS, Bloemfontein
2015 “PPC Imaginarium Award and Exhibition”, Young Blood Art Gallery, Cape Town
2016 “Motswako | Miscellany | Mengelmoes”, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein
2016 “Phatsoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Finalists Exhibition”, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
2017 “Graduates, Annual Final Year Student Exhibition”, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein (as artist and co-curator)
2018 “Dwell in Possibilities”, Gallery On Leviseur, Bloemfontein (as artist and co-curator)
2018 “Flux” Free State Art Festival. Winner of Visual Art Award of 2018 at Vrystaat Art Festival Awards
2018 “Absa L’Atelier” ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2018 “Phatsoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Finalists Exhibition”, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
2018 “Under the Sea”, GalleryOne11, Cape Town
2019 “Betwixt & Between”, Free State Art Festival, Bloemfontein
2019 “Free State Art Collective”, RMP Turbine art fair, Johannesburg
2019 “Art@Africa”, RMP Turbine art fair, Johannesburg
2019 “Weapons of Mass Seduction”, Art@Clocktower Gallery, Cape Town
2020 "Blue dot exhibition", Online exhibition hosted by Art@Africa
2020 "Grounded" Online exhibition, Vrystroom, Free State Arts Festival
2020 Curator of "Grounded exhibition" Vrystroom, Free State Arts Festival
2021 “Emotion”, ABSA Gallery, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees
2022 "The big art gallery", The Aesthete, The old mushroom farm, Midlands Kwazulu-Natal
2013 “Vreking”, Map, Richmond Gallery, Richmond Northern Cape
2016 “Quantum Mechanics: Double slit experiment” Phatshoane Henney Attorneys
2018 “Cell Division” Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, Bloemfontein
Numerous throughout RSA, USA, NZ, UK, Europe & Canada