Daniella Mooney

Daniella Mooney was born in Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit) in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa in 1986 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2009 (for which she received the class medal for studiowork). She has held two solo exhibitions at Whatiftheworld in Cape Town, Maybe Your Magic is Working (2011) and Golden Age Rising (2014), and has taken part in numerous group shows at Southern Guild, Smac Gallery, SMITH and the Nirox Sculpture Winter Fair, among others. 

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 in 2012. Daniella’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the 21C Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, Ellerman House, Spier and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). She is currently based in Berlin, Germany. 

Daniella Mooney is an artist who works across multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture and installation. 

The process of shaping her materials into sculptures serves as a means of forming her subjective understanding of being in the world; the two are intrinsically linked. Through her work, Mooney engages with her responses to lived experiences, interactions and events, looking at how her interpretations of these are predetermined by imposed belief systems, mythic archetypes and personal histories. 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. 

Ranging from delicate smaller works to large-scale sculpture and installation, Mooney’s meticulously crafted works are never overwhelmed by the astute observations which they channel. She is dedicated to the expansion and mastery of her craft, and has a profound respect and reverence for the tools and materials used to shape her work, actively engaging with the histories of these objects. 

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