Alchemy

Alchemy happens through two stages.

 

The first one sees gold being turned into highly malleable mohair and ductile cotton, stones into delicate and pure wool. The result is this surprising Victorian reversed crown collection.

 

In stage two, the jewelleries follow the inverse path and turn entirely into precious metals and stones.

This work was showxased at Mulhouse textile eco-museum, Wesserling Park, in France, as part of a group exhibition celebrating the 200 year anniversary of DMC.

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.