It’s hard not to be confused by this new piece by Daniella Mooney. Seemingly a wood parquet floor climbs up over a wooden chair, changing into a thick, flowing rug. Even on second glance the illusion is hard to shake. This is the work of a master woodworker.
Mastering the divide between reality and illusion is a challenge, and when it’s done in three dimensions the trick is even more challenging. I think Mooney’s sculpture, called Parquetry, is one which would be well suited to a full gallery space, complete with wall-to-wall parquet floor to complete the effect. Observers would be confronted with the very solid surface they stood upon transforming into an undulating form that, seemingly by magic, lifted from the floor to cover the lone dining room chair.
Below you’ll find pictures detailing the process behind the South African sculptors proccess and the many hours that were needed to create it. From Moleskine based sketch, to framework and finish, this is one impressive sculpture. See some examples of Mooney’s other works below, then head to daniellamooney.tumblr.com for more of her diverse and confounding work.