Karma She by Laura Schaeffer Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer
Karma She by Laura Schaeffer Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer
Karma She by Laura Schaeffer Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer
Karma She by Laura Schaeffer Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer

Karma She on Shamanism and Feminine Energy

December 9, 2017
Text by Christian Glatz
Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer

We talked to self-proclaimed spiritual playgirl Karma She about shamanism, the meaning of the labels “oriental” and “occidental” and pop culture.

Who is Karma She?

Karma She is a psychedelic desert witch, known to be god damn confident and good looking. She is a producer, rapper and an exotic dancer, she promotes explosive feminine energy in a new and empowering way. She is the performative identity of myself, and functions as my creative outlet, this mainly includes music, performance and video. She works collaboratively with other artists, performers, designers and musicians.

Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer

Why do you describe yourself as a witch?

I’m aiming to reclaim the term and adding a positive light to it. Unfortunately we are still living in a man’s world, where women constantly get pushed aside and put down. I feel like that mythical woman that was killed for being smart or sensual. In my live performances I create a magical force that helps me cross boundaries, I want to awaken and heal people’s feminine self.

Your artist name originates in your childhood nickname. Are you a very spiritual person?

Yeah! I’m a spiritual playgirl.

Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer

What does the labels “oriental” and “occidental” mean to you in the context of your alter ego?

Karma She started after a highly influential trip I had in India, I returned to Tel-Aviv and decided to design a utopian reality for myself as an artist. And in this alternative space I was free to reconstruct the symbols and signs that i collected on my travels, on TV, and from my multi cultured south Tel-Aviv neighborhood. These terms remind me of the lady boy shows I saw in Cambodia, seeing their intense interpretation of pop was so honest and attractive. I like it when east and west cultures subvert, imitate and communicate with one another.

Why do you think there’s a “renaissance” of shamanism in pop culture?

Pop culture is influenced by underground culture and art a lot, and I think in those circles people constantly question, experiment and search for new meaning. There are a lot of mutual elements combined that stimulate all senses in both religious ceremonies and in pop performances. They both have a similar goal to make you feel high or enlightened.

Karma She by Laura Schaeffer
Performers: KARMA SHE, Tamar Ben Cnaan, Tamar Kaminsky, Yuval Gallili. Designer: Jonathan Zohar. Stylist: Noa Rennert. Mask: Moran Sanderovich. Photo by Laura Schaeffer

What does the term “home” mean to you?

Closing my eyes and slowly letting my soul become peaceful and quiet inside my body, with kittens on my feet.

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