Sydney - Katoomba - Melbourne


A few shows and workshops that I am involved in are taking place this month in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Melbourne... and I hope you can join me to some of these events!


In just 10 days, my latest series of ink paintings will be on display in a group show at Rex-Livingston Art + Object in Katoomba. Still pursuing my work on drought, fire and nature resilience, I have combined abstraction and symbolism (square, circles and swirls of ink) with native flowers painting. I have also hidden text within the layers of papers on which I paint... the works are mounted on basswood pannels and they look fantastic! The opening is on the 16th of June from 2-4pm at 182/184 Katoomba St, Katoomba. If you are in the area, please come along!


This will be closely followed by my first solo show in Melbourne! Sinclair + May, a boutique lawyer firm, lead by women who support women in the arts, have invited me to use their walls until end of July. After 6 months of creation and travel, this show will be the last destination of Calling for Rain. If you have missed the previous exhibitions, this is your last chance! Along with this unique event, there will be two free ink workshops on the 19th (booking here) and the 20th (booking there) from 10-11.30am. The opening is on the 21st from 6-8pm, at 167 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.


And finally, as part of the Canada Bay project, Mind our Mangroves, a series of workshops will be offered to the local communities. The aim of this project is to encourage the protection of the local mangrove through art making. In partnership with Artspark Rozelle and the wonderful Chichi Bracken, I will be leading a series of ink painting. The first one will be held on the 30th of June at the Kokoda Education Centre, only a few meters away from the mangrove! Each session will be opened by a mangrove educator and will be followed by a walk to the mangrove, before returning to the studio and make some art!

See you in Canada Bay, the Bluies or Melbourne, and until then, keep warm!

Sofie

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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.