Unthinkable marvels


We left Sydney two months and nine days ago. We are heading up north and have driven more than 10,000 km. Wet and heat are catching up on us as we have arrived in Cooktown. In the coming days, we will hit the tip of Cape York. What a different Australia from the one I know! Here the luscious greens of the rain forest fall right into a deep blue and crocodile inhabited ocean.


In the bush, I found some delicate black wild orchids. Drift wood is blinding washed white. Seed pods can be as round as our planet. Some leafs, most precious umbrellas, are perfectly circular. The natural environment feed my eyes and my senses with unthinkable marvels. Will the beauty of our planet never cease to impress me?


It gives me ground to belong as an immigrant and as a woman, it shows me the impossibility of our consumption based society, it calms my anxiety... as a thank you for all the goodness I continually receive from our natural environment, I have created an art installation, an offering if you prefer, here at Point Archer.


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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.