Paula Mahoney uses performative and portraiture photography to examine the arbitrariness of death and personal loss. She investigates lamentation in her work, as a necessary and optimistic viewpoint, suggesting psychological shifts that create an awareness of our limits, and connect us to each other, and to a greater whole. She uses art as a way to mediate and express her relationship to death and it’s powerful process of infiltrating life. The resulting works are at times her Memento Mori, a manifestation of her own death, her own self-mourning, and an exploration of collective mourning.
Mahoney holds a PhD at Monash University, Using Photography as an Analogy in the Experience of Death and Mourning.
She has received two Highly Commended in the prestigious Olive Cotton Award and has been a finalist in many major art prizes in Australia and abroad. Her work is held in public and private collections both in Australia and the USA.