Eco-anxiety at 107 Project


Far from the lands of East Gippsland, Calling for Rain has found a new soil on which to, again, blossom. Thanks to curator Jackie Terrett, my project will be on display for a month at 107 Project in Redfern, as part of Piss Poor Effect.2 art show.


As an Artist Run Initiative, ignited by old and young art souls full of energy and determination, it includes everything an artist like me looks for. It is a vibrant precinct, with a daring program that would conquer any square minded public, and people who volunteer there seem to always be up for a challenge. 

When visiting 107, you will find it unpretentious and approachable yet don't be fooled, the art-vibe-load contained within its walls will stick to your skin long after. It is deep and high, from the toilets to the front window, no space is left untouched. Art is everywhere. 


The opening of the show is on Wednesday the 2nd (yes, THIS Wednesday). There will be 3 art performances, an in-situ display, photographies... just name it, the list goes on. In total, 8 artists' works are presented to the public including my large ink paintings that will be on display next to the community artworks created by the Tambo Valley residents, last March.

As you can see, it is all happening, so make sure to come along. You would hate missing on such a night.


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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.