Langendorff preparation

(turn the sound on!)

Last September, after working with the Black Dog Institute here in Sydney, I was thinking of stretching my work Hold you heart high and play further with it in order to bring life to it.

The original textile installation, made of pre-loved garments and a ripped off heart, was originally created to help promote mental health and celebrate patients, away from demeaning clichés.

With the current American and global political context, I felt necessary to recontextualise my practice and push it further. This video is a metaphor of our world being fractured and dysfunctional. It symbolises our need of healing it and make it inclusive of all gender, race and generation.

More to come soon, keep posted!

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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.