On the power of art



You will have noticed that I have been sharing a few testimonials of what it was like for East Gippslanders to attend the workshops I led last August during my residency in Swifts Creek.

When receiving the videos, I was holding my breath each time I was listening to people kind and meaningful words. Each single person has been so inspiring to watch.

It might not seem much, but this is what art has the power to do: touching your life at a place you don't expect it. For some it was about spending time with others, for others it was the magic of playing with ink. In any case, each person's experience has been deep and significant.

That is what drives me to do more workshops and to bring art in areas of Australia where this is not common practice. Let's make this one life experience worth it, let's make it inclusive, open to others and inspirational!

#EastGippsland #workshop #remoteAustralia #visualart #portrait #SwiftCreeks

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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.