'Art, for me, is largely osmosis with a mood, thinking through feeling, doing and letting the psyche wander in reflection rather than overtly with the mind.'

 

Dide Siemmond creates visual art, from drawing, painting and photographing, to sculpting and installation. Some works of art are hybrids and others purely visual art.

Her project CORAL linked music, poetry and a moving bronze sculpture (all of which she did herself), to raise environmental awareness and use coral as a sociological metaphor, since humans and corals both react similarly to stress. These are based on and incorporate underwater coral data she gathered in the Coral Reef off Australia.

In December 2018, she was awarded a residency at the Kokkola Art Museum in Finland, in conjunction with Kokkola Art School and Kokkola Town Theatre, leading to extensive press coverage. Here, she mainly focused on her project MOLTEN, exploring molten metal sculptures with poems (all done by herself) and molten metal and snow paintings exploring freezes and our approach to mental health. She also experimented with photographs linking bleached coral with snowscapes (n.b. prior residencies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2015, and Sapporo, Japan, in 2016).

Since exhibiting with sculptor and bladesmith Tobias Ford in Japan in December 2016, she has been exploring the relationship between poetry and sculpture, viewing writing like visual art. They have also exhibited together in THE ROOM contemporary art gallery in Venice at the IT'S LIQUID International Art Show (http://www.itsliquid.com/interview-dide-siemmond.html) in 2017, subsequently leading to an invitation to exhibit at the Jorge Jurado Gallery in Bogotá in Colombia, as well as in curated shows in the UK. During these experiences, she also learnt a new skill, hand-making artisanal knives herself.

Dide draws portraits as gifts too. You can commission her by emailing her. Remember to send her a photograph and specify how tonal or graphic you'd like the drawing.