Daniella Mooney was born in Nelspruit, South Africa. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa after she completed a BFA at Michaelis School of Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Although she majored in sculpture for her Bachelor’s Degree, Mooney has ventured into producing paintings and installation works.
Her sculptural works reflect the processes she follows to make sense of the world, unpacking her own subjective understanding and relating it to lived experience.
She determines how her readings of reality are influenced by established and enforced systems of belief. In order to disrupt these confines, Mooney explores the links between psychological insight, metaphysics and natural phenomena.
In terms of her landscape paintings, Mooney draws inspiration from her interactions with the natural environment, such as hiking trails in-and-around the Western Cape, South Africa. In terms of her influences, Mooney lists the American mythologist and write, Joseph Campbell as one of her main sources of inspiration, specifically his exploration of The Hero’s Journey. Here Campbell looks at the archetypal hero found in world mythologies, a mythic narrative he called the ‘Monomyth’.
Mooney’s solo exhibitions include: Golden Age Rising at WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town: 2014); Maybe Your Magic is Workin’ at WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town: 2011) and A Rainbow in Curved Air, Michaelis Graduate Exhibition (Cape Town, South Africa: 2009). Notable group exhibitions include: Calibrating Wonder at SMITH Studio (Cape Town: 2017); Design Miami/Basel with Southern Guild, (Miami, United States of America: 2016); Design Miami/Basel with Southern Guild (Basel, Switzerland: 2015); I take it all Bac’, at the Nirox Project Space (Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa: 2014) and Bazaar II: A Group Show at Fairweather House (Cape Town, South Africa: 2013).