Abstract ink on the road

It has been in the air for a while and I am finally making the great leap. Beginning of August I will leave Sydney for a few months, traveling around Australia.

I have always wanted to explore 'up and out there' and it is finally happening. The first stop will be Port Macquarie, then Bellingen, followed by Coffs Harbour, Grafton, the surrounding national parks and beaches. I will keep traveling north, towards the Gold Coast and Noosa, visiting some iconic location such as Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef, or the very north tip of Australia, right under Papua New Guinea, in Jardine River.

As I go, I will sketch, paint, needle stitch, photography and film the people I will have encounter, the nature I will have observed and everything in between I will have embraced. I want to record the multi-faces of my adoptive country and hopefully get to know it better.

As I go, I will run abstract ink workshops. I will get to meet with local creatives and form new artistic relationships. It's also my way to promote ink painting (which I find under represented in Australia) and get people to understand and appreciate what it takes to do what I do. Of course, it will also allow me to get going as far and as long as I need.

For those of you who want to dive in the mysteries of Chinese ink, I have listed my workshops on my home page. Have a look and see if there is one near you.

I will send regular shout outs on my social medias to let you know where I am. If we are in the same area, let's meet!


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.