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Justine Mahoney, "Initiation", Hand Painted Bronze Sculpture

$18,900

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Justine Mahoney's bronze figures juxtapose Western pop culture and African elements. "Initiation" depicts a young girl rendered in the style of a traditional African tribal sculpture and depicted in dark patinated bronze, crowned with a headdress of Power Puff characters painted in candy colors. 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 nanny, and embellished with elements taken from the media and African sculpture. Justine creates collages and sculptures that mirror her upbringing in the 1970s in Johannesburg, where she was more aware of a sugar-coated magazine reality than the harsh political landscape of the time. Each of her figures represents a fantasy figure with its own narrative of resilience, innocence and loss. About "Initiation" she says, "This girl is growing up. Her breasts ache and she feels like her universe is imploding but, miraculously, she has escaped female circumcision. The Power Puff Girls will not allow it and fiercely protect her right of ownership over her own body. She believes in many of her traditions but she does not believe in rituals that never served her or others. She is super proud to be a girl."

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Southern Guild commissions, produces and exhibits contemporary collectible design by the most compelling talents in South Africa. The gallery has pioneered the collectible design category on the African continent, propelling its artists and designers to make original work that is distinctly local and globally relevant. Founded in 2008 by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, Southern Guild’s rigorous curatorial programme has shaped the world’s perceptions of African design and forged a unique vernacular in the international arena. Located in Cape Town’s Silo District, adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the gallery showcases limited-edition and one-off pieces that have garnered multiple awards and caught the attention of the world’s leading collectors, auction houses, museums and institutions. The first African gallery to present at Design Miami and Christie’s London’s annual design auction, Southern Guild shows regularly at Design Miami in the US and Basel, and has exhibited at PAD London, The Salon Art & Design and Collective (New York), and Design Days Dubai. Its artists have shown at the Vitra Design Museum and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and have work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It frequently collaborates with New York galleries R & Company, Friedman Benda and Todd Merrill, further exposing its artist-designers to the most important international audience.
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