From port to port


Today, one week ago, I left Sydney, its bay, its cafes and metropolitan life. I said goodbye to my friends and art colleagues. 


I left one port for another, literally, traveling from Sydney via Walcha (and its dramatic falls) to Port Macquarie. Settling for a few days in the Limeburners National Park, I explored its bush, beach and river.


It feels good to pretend that I left the conveniency of my comfy home for the 'realness' of the bush. Though be reassured, it has been (so far) very civilized. 


On Friday the 3rd, I ran the first workshop of my Odyssey in Laurieton, half an hour down the coast from Port Macquarie. I was warmly welcomed by a dozen of local creatives from the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association. We spent the morning experimenting with various ink painting techniques before making some art. There's a short video uploaded on my workshop page that will show you the artworks made by the participants.  


There is currently a beautifully layed out travelling exhibition from the MCA at the Glasshouse, but my heart felt for the local history museum.

Briefly starting with Aboriginal artefacts, it then shows the convict 'life style' (insolence was worth 50 lashes...) and the local art and craft from the start of the 20th century until the late 80's.

I have already moved up north. Today,  I have hold my second workshop, with Mixed Up Arts in Bellingen this time. I can't wait to show you it all, so stay tuned!


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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.