Justine Mahoney

An artist who communicates dark subjects through toy-like miniature sculptures of childhood innocence.

Artist Justine Mahoney creates collages and sculptures that mirror her upbringing in 1970s Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was more aware of a sugar-coated magazine reality than the harsh political landscape.

Her works explore the realm of childhood. Using her own memories as a source of inspiration, she alludes to both innocence and its loss, while simultaneously depicting an inner determination to move forward in the face of adversity. Mahoney’s bronze army of soldiers represent the fears, nightmares, dreams and aspirations of children.

These are based on stories told to their creator by her childhood caregiver which are then embellished with elements taken from modern media and African sculpture.