Daniella Mooney

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For Daniella Mooney, the process of shaping her materials into sculptures simultaneously forms her subjective understanding of being in the world; the two are intrinsically linked. Mooney engages her responses to lived experiences, interactions and events through her work, looking at how imposed belief systems, mythic archetypes, and personal histories predetermine her interpretations. Attempting to eschew these constraints, she is driven to intuitively pursue an intangible unknown through her poetic connections between nature, psychological perception and the metaphysical. From delicate smaller works to large-scale sculpture and installation, Mooney’s meticulously crafted pieces are never overwhelmed by the astute observations they channel. She is dedicated to the expansion and mastery of her craft. She has a profound respect and reverence for the tools and materials used to shape her work, actively engaging with the histories of these objects.

Daniella Mooney was born in Nelspruit, South Africa, in 1986 and now lives and works in Cape Town. Since completing her BAFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2009 (for which she received the class medal for studio work), she has held two solo exhibitions at Whatiftheworld:  ‘Maybe Your Magic is Working’ (2011) and ‘Golden Age Rising’ (2014). She has been hailed as one of South Africa’s ‘Bright Young Things’ by Art South Africa and was selected to be part of Wanted magazine’s ‘Young African Artists’ showcase at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2012. Mooney’s work has been regularly shown at the Southern Guild design fair, and her works can be found in the permanent collections of the 21C Museum in Kentucky, the Ellerman House Collection, the Spier Collection and the Zeitz Collection.

By Tim Leibbrandt. July 2015

 

 

Daniella-Mooney, Prints, Woodcut, Relief, Yellowwoods-Art
Daniella Mooney
Detail of rock formation without Natalie
2016
Multi-block woodcut on Cotton Cloth 300gsm
Edition of 15
Image dimension: 120 x 120 cm
Cloth dimension: 138 x 138 cm

Stretched Price R20000 (excl. VAT) | the print is stretched on a strainer

Published by Spier Arts Trust

 

Daniella Mooney
Waaihoek in January
2016
Multi-block woodcut on Cotton Cloth 300gsm
Edition of 15
Image dimension: 120 x 120 cm
Cloth dimension: 138 x 138 cm

Stretched Price R20000 (excl. VAT) | the print is stretched on a strainer

Published by Spier Arts Trust