Cara Levine explores the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic and illusionary. A personal history with chronic injury informs her perception of spatial experience and investment in the prosthetic; a longstanding practice of yoga and meditation underlies her understanding of the mind as a portal; and an upbringing in Los Angeles feeds her interests in special effects. She uses these elements to create and distill illusions to their most essential parts—maintaining the initial marvel all while exposing the trick. Levine works across sculpture, photography and video. Her research stretches between neurology, illusion, disability, movement, language and inter-species communication.
Levine’s recent work delves deeper into understanding perceptual and experiential learning and includes 2, 3 ft. conical hand prostheses poured from concrete which explore the absence of the body in space, wooden pillows carved while her sight was restricted and videos, which explore language, site and form through movement in a contained environment.
Levine’s work spans multiple media and philosophical intersections but ultimately, comes down to a single struggle: The struggle to keep the loop open between what we know and what we search to know, between fantasy and reality, the ground and everything beyond.
BioCara Levine lives and works in Oakland CA. She received her MFA in sculpture from The California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2012. She grew up in Los Angeles CA. Over the last 12 years Cara has lived in Segovia Spain, Ann Arbor MI, Kyoto JPN, Philadelphia PA, Chicago IL, Los Angeles, and Bangalore IN. Levine currently teaches ceramics at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland CA and is completing a Teaching Fellowship at CCA. She has shown work in various places including the Wattis Center for Contemporary Art, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Kala Center for Art, Vermont Studio Center. Cara is also a long time yoga practitioner and 500 RYT certified instructor. She lives with her dog, Pigeon.