ART + Terra Australis = inspiration


(English version down below)


Enfin un poste écrit en Français!

J'écris toujours dans la langue de la reine mère, en oubliant complètement, que parler anglais dan un contexte francophone, cela ne va pas toujours de soi. Cela fera bientôt neuf ans que je vis en Australie, le temps passe en alternance : j'ai toujours cette impression d'être arrivée hier et simultanément, je me sens de plus en plus Australienne.

Malgré ces élipses temporelles, la richesse de ce pays ne cesse de m'impressionner. D'un point vue (multi) culturel et naturel, l'Australie est une source infinie d'inspiration. Dès que je peux, je m'échappe de la ville (je vis à Sydney) et pars CREER (et escalader!)dans le 'bush'.

Dès la première bouffée d'air, le parfum des eucalyptus mêlé à la terre chauffée par le soleil, réveille les sens. Le week end dernier, je suis partie camper dans le parc national Abercrombie River qui se trouve à trois heures et demi de route de la côte. J'ai dessiné, peints, ai collecté des plantes, pris des photos et ai ramené avec moi toutes mes trouvailles. Je me sers de ces recherches pour créer mes peintures et créations textiles. Pour ceux qui lisent l'anglais et que cela intéresse, j'en parle sur ma page PATREON.

Dans mon atelier sous le toit de ma maison, cela sent le 'bush', la terre rouge Australienne et la liberté. La porte est grande ouverte, la chambre d'amie accueillante, venez!


I finally wrote a post in French and here is the translation (and explanation):

I always write in the language of the Mother Queen, completely forgetting, that speaking English in a French speaking context is not always easy. It will be soon nine years since I have made Australia my home. The time seems to pass alternatively: I always have the impression of having only arrived yesterday and simultaneously, I feel more and more Australian.

Despite these temporal ellipses, the richness of this country keeps on impressing me. From a (multi) cultural and natural point of view, Australia is an infinite source of inspiration. As soon as I can, I escape from the city (I live in Sydney) and go to the bush.

The fragrance of eucalyptus mixed with the earth heated by the sun awakens the senses, from the first puff. Last weekend, I went camping in Abercrombie River National Park, which is three and a half hours drive from the coast. I drew, painted, collected plants, took pictures and brought back all my findings with me. I now use this research to create my paintings and textile creations. I show behind the scenes and talk about creative process (for those of you who are interested) on my PATREON page.

In my workshop, under the roof of my house, it smells like bush, Australian red earth and freedom. You should come over for a visit, it's worth it!

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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.