We were honoured to feature numerous talented artists in last year’s #WinterIssue, but what made sculptor Daniella Mooney stand out, is the element of spirituality that she brings to her artwork. Forming sculptures has gifted her with the opportunity to investigate nature in a trim and tidy studio. She described how she personalises it, and shared a few tips on how we could follow suit.
From her light, spacious studio in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, Daniella creates sculptures that in her own words “explore religious beliefs and the natural world, light and natural phenomena” – a place where “the ritual act of sculpture-making becomes a ceremony in itself.”
Her space is orderly, productive and fun – busy with her own pieces from old shows, half-finished ideas, abandoned projects or pieces in the making. “They all create a kind of dynamic picture of where I’m at now,” she explains. Daniella shares her space with other artists: Sebastian Borckenhagen, Matty Roodt and Rowan Smith. “We’ve all shaped the space together.”
Citing “coffee, music, my apron, watering the plants, sharping my tools and cleaning up afterwards” amongst the things that make the studio her own, Daniella advises DECO to embrace a sense of self in creating any space. “If you like a specific colour, use that to paint your walls. If you see something you like in a shop or at a market, put it on a table in your house. If you’re really into plants like me, then go out and get some good soil and water them when it suits them best – that’s important.”
Compiled by Lucie Bartlett
Love Daniella’s work?
To admire her sculptures, take a trip to Whatiftheworld Gallery at 1 Argyle Street (Corner of Argyle & Albert Road), Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
Viewing hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm
Visit Daniella’s website at daniellamooney.tumblr.com
Captivated by the unusual beauty of sculptures?
Discover how designer Joanna Orr uses sculptures to preserve South Africa’s wildlife, by taking a look at Turning Heads With Head On Design.
Zeenat, a digital intern at ELLE Decoration, is a creative at heart with a passion for weddings, fashion and makeup. She adores blissful moments of solitude spent indulging in a warm cup of Rooibos tea, and red velvet cupcakes.