Shadow play

In China some box with shadow (also known as tai qi) or cast them as part of their theatre performance. As for me, I play with them, and the bush is my stage.

I have in my possession a large French  linen white sheet that I have started to embroid. The patterns come from my direct environment, which at the moment are the coast and national parks of NSW.

As I was walking on the beach near Port Macquarie, I found some emu's foot prints in the wet sand. Interweaving with them were dingos prints and these patterns have found their way on to my stitched work.

I then hang my linen sheet in the trees or on a rope and let the magic of light happens. Patiently waiting for shapes to emerge, I record them on my camera. 

It will all come together in a short experimental movie. At this stage though, my intention is to register as many shadows as possible,  without discrimination of intensity, pattern or scale.

I'm looking forward to see how the layering of embroidery and shadows will work together. As far as I know, I've never seen or heard about such type of combination of art form, but surely there must be stitch artist who have included their work in movies before?

If you know any artist or work of the sort, I would be very interested to look at what is out there.  

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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.