Lantern Carriers

When we find ourselves in the forest, we are cut off from home and from the outside world. If we let the forest play its magic on us, soon our imagination will run wild and tales from our childhood, with its strange and magical creatures, will resurface.

 

The stories we all know happened «  a long long time ago », but what about nowadays, what can these same stories tell us ?

 

This work is a call out to anyone who forgot about their childhood, their fear of the dark, of being left behind. Anyone who forgot about the time it takes for a forest to grow, about the poetry and beauty of such place. Anyone who needs some quiet and light into their too busy urban life.

 

There are 10 Lantern Carriers. Made of clay, these small sculptures talk about the major role our forests play in our eco-system and how with the legends they carry, they form our cultural heritage.

 

If we do not preserve our forests and if we forget to pass on our knowledge about them, what will be given to the next generations ?

 

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.