Back on the Great Alpine road

For the last 2 months, I have been compiling, editing, adding, removing, organising pictures of my paintings and poems I have worked on during my residency at Swifts Creek last August. A book of almost 80 pages is nicely coming together.

It will go out for peer review next Wednesday and I expect to have to modify a few things: this is my first book ever! I have gathered my work inspired by the art of stone reading, the harsh climate and burnt tree bark. I have spent much time and effort to get the best picture quality possible... fingers crossed it will pay off.

By mid November, it will go out to the print and I will mail them just on time for Christmas. If you have already purchased a copy, hang on to your socks! Only a few more weeks before it hits your letter box.

If you haven't yet and you are interested, let me know and I'll send one, it is that easy!



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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.