ARTIST PROFILE – Sofie Dieu
Sofie Dieu has a Bachelor in Textile Design and Sculpture. In 2016, she graduated from Montpellier III University with a Master in Visual Art and Contemporary Practice. She currently teaches design theory at Monash University.
Sofie’s collaborations include working with the Black Dog Institute and the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition as well as local councils across Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Her work has been extensively shown in Melbourne Eastern and Western Suburbs, Gippsland and New South Wales.
Since 2017, Sofie works with under and misrepresented communities such as immigrant and refugee women, rural communities and neurodiverse children . Such community based projects include Longing for Home which has been exhibited in New South Wales and across Victoria. This work was expanded in 2022 with projects such as We Are The Ocean (City of Hobsons Bay), and Victorian Afghan Diaspora (RAV, City of Casey).
Sofie’s work with Gippsland communities affected by bushfires and drought started in 2017 with the Great Alpine Gallery. Her work culminated in 2021 with the publication of Stillness Through Art, a Guide to Over-come Eco-anxiety. Her work is part of the Gippsland Art Gallery collection and has been shown at Latrobe Regional Art Gallery.
2021 was the start of a new project Hypersensorial Art that addresses children with special needs craving for art, social connection and inclusivity. Since then, Sofie worked with Moreland City Council and is now about to embark on a new journey with the Sensorium Studio in Preston.
Sofie is a multi-art prizes and award finalist.
Born in rural France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse visual artist. She engages with under represented communities to develop her multimedia projects. Her art lies at the intersection of womanhood, healing and spirituality.
Through textile, art and poetry workshops, Sofie gathers Australians’ narratives. In the bush, she performs these personal stories and records them through photography and video. She later edits and paints these digital works in her Belleke bek/Brunswick studio.
Sofie’s artworks focus on what shapes us, being our struggles as much as our hidden beauties. Profoundly poetic, her art gives voice to those who otherwise stay unheard.