Fraser, my island


If there was an island I should be washed up to, it would be Fraser. 


Made of reflecting sand, infinite turquoise waters and way too many midges, it is the home of the Butchulla people. The traditional owners of this floating land call it K'Gari, meaning paradise... Many visitors, like me, did impregnated with that concept only with little mental effort. As soon as one lay a bare foot on K'Gari endless beach, time slows. 

With its horde of dingoes, white head eagles, tiger sharks, daulphins and whales (or so I have witnessed), it forces to stop and observe. So, I did.

When walking to the lakes, to the campsite, to the beach, the soft sand relentlessly sank each one of my steps, raising me heart bit, deepening each breath. Heavy rain taught me to listen to its rythm, how it bounces on the foliage, guessing when it will come and go. 

Waiting for the dark clouds to make their way back to the sea, I painted them, fascinated by their ever changing shapes. Their pace still resonate within me and I am forever inking them down on paper. How vain, it is, to attempt capturing these moving mountains? Made of liquid air, they will keep appearing in my art long after I have left. Vapourous islands drifting low above K'Gari, I even see you in my dreams.



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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.