Gold times in the studio

This weekend was the opportunity to face that pack of gold leaves and glue pot I have purchased almost a year ago. I'm fascinated by this medium and simultaneously find it dreadful: it can be so difficult to play with and not mess up your art by turning it into a decorative and meaningless work.

While covered from head to toe with gold chips, I had in mind imageries from Antic Greece, its priests and the Pythias. I always envied these women who could talk to Apollo, the god of the arts.

I imagine these women assertives, with a luminescent aura and eyes that could see straight through you.

Though we take them for granted and leave their voice unheard, I believe these women still exist. It has become the responsibility of artists to show their full glory to the world.

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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.