A thread of Hope



Last September, in partnership with the Black Dog Institute of Sydney, I co-curated a group show that re-imagined the institute's research data from their project "Keep the Body In Mind". With 20 creative pluri-disciplinary projects, the exhibition aimed at promoting mental health and celebrating patients, away from demeaning clichés.

Using the textile installation I had created then, I tried to give life and breath to it. I posted last month, a short video experimentation about this attempt.

Willing to bring more human presence into my work, as, after all, this is what it is all about, I am now running collaborative workshops with dance and movement practitioners, musicians and physical theatre performers to explore further what is at work with the narrative of thread and performance.

By telling the journey one might go through when hit by anxiety, bipolarity or depression, these collaborations act as recovery narratives of persons living WITH the illness rather than being defined by it.

#MentalHealth #Performance #artistcollaboration #visualarts #BlackDogInstitute #depression #bipolarity #anxiety #recovery #hopethread

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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.