The Art of Social Media - experiment #1

Living from my art could be more than just a dream.

I am based in Sydney, a metropolis with a vibrant art community who has suffered (like everywhere else in Australia) of the major governmental art funding cuts. So my dream is not an easy one to follow, but I have no other choice. I must try, what ever it takes!

Living not being an artist is simply impossible. This path, no matter how difficult, is the only one I can follow to truly embrace life. My art reflects my passion and commitment: for the last 3 years I have worked so hard to get my art exhibited and it has paid off. Now is the time for me to think about the every day life and how to sustain myself by selling my artwork.

Talking to another artist facing the same situation, I thought of doing a series of social media experiments. Social Media, as we all know, are extremely powerful, why not using them to serve my purpose?

From this week until end of April, I will run some short events on my Facebook page and my Instagram to see what the best way to tackle this, is.

Above is the painting I am putting for auction for the Social Media Project #1.

Anyone is welcome to bid on it (minimum bid is AUD$1). The auction ends on Friday the 24th of March at 6pm. there is only 2 days left! The artwork measures 20cm x 20 cm, it is an ink painting made on Indian handmade paper from 100% recycled cotton rag. It comes unframed and I will post it for free anywhere in Australia and New Zealand.

Please bid and share the post, the more people involved, the merrier. Talk and get excited about it... after all, how often do you get a chance to do this?

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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.