BIO

Sofie Dieu has a Bachelor in Textile Design and Sculpture. In 2016, she graduated from Montpellier III University with a Master in Visual Art and Contemporary Practice. She currently teaches design theory at Monash University.

 

Sofie's collaborations include working with Sydney Biennale, the Black Dog Institute and the Mosaic Festival. Her work has been extensively shown in Gippsland and more recently was exhibited at Latrobe Regional Gallery. Her painting is published in The Spirit of the Bush, Art of Gippsland.

 

In 2019, Creative Gippsland invited Sofie Dieu to its Artist in Community Programme. That year, she also took part in Les Lizières (Fr.) and Falls Creek (VIC) residencies. In 2020, Sofie Dieu was the recipient of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal's grant Tackling Tough Time Together, and East Gippsland Shire Council's grant Arts Project, for her Community art and wellness programme Stillness Through Art. She is a multi-art prizes and award finalist.

STATEMENT

Born in rural France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse visual artist. She engages with remote communities and first generation Australian women to develop her multimedia projects. Her art lies at the intersection of womanhood, healing and spirituality.

 

Through textile and poetry workshops, Sofie gathers Australians' narratives. In the bush, she performs these personal stories and records them through photography and video. She later edits and paints these digital works in her Melbourne studio.

 

Sofie's artworks focus on what shapes us, being our struggles as much as our hidden beauties. Profoundly poetic, her art gives voice to those who otherwise stay unheard.

Born in France, Sofie Dieu’s first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, the artist is best known for her fragile, sombre, and sometimes violent ink paintings and textile works.

 

Poetic and humanist, her practice draws on her journeys to China and Australia. She explores how identity and memory fluctuate according to their immediate environment. Landscapes, people, secrecy, healing, and the dichotomy between light and darkness are some of her recurring themes.

  

Multi-art prizes and award finalist, her work was included in the Sydney North Art Prize, Waterhouse Natural Science prize and the Contemporary Art Award amongst others. In 2016, she worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for Sydney Biennale. In 2017, her work will be shown during Vivid and Mental Health Month in Sydney.