exorcism and white dress, what's in it?

The Costume Research in Australasia conference is taking place from the 14-15/11 at the Graduate School Centre for Contemporary Performance Ideas, at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), here in Sydney.

More about it HERE

I have been invited to talk about my 'white dresses' and since I have been making them for the last 4 years or so, I thought I'll focus on the evolution of these recurring and ritualistic objects in my practice.

You can see the different projects that involve my dresses THERE

Made of pre-loved garments, they first played an immersive, protective and static role. I use them as pivotal point around which I structure narratives of hardship and eco-anxiety. These narratives take place in videos such as above or they are being performed such as for the opening of my solo show at East Gippsland Art Gallery in March 2018 (more of that in a future post).

Enriched from 20th century female artists' work such as Louise Bourgeois' clothes installations or Pina Bausch's early works, these dresses demonstrate the importance of costume making as a feminine medium in today’s visual art scene.

So far, little has been written to cover the specificity of dresses as ceremonial costume from their creation in the artist's studio to being performed during happenings.

For this conference I will talk about the place that such object occupies in my work, and will indulge myself speaking about healing, bounding and exorcising processes!

Come along, it takes 2 seconds to REGISTER

#womanartist #visualart #SofieDieu #EastGippsland #anxiety #recovery #whitedress #costume #performance #exorcism #ritual

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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.