'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 is interested in visual art, from drawing, painting and photographing to sculpting. You can email her if you'd like to see examples. However, with time being limited, she decided to focus on two other areas instead: Writing and music. Nevertheless, she has many art-related ideas, some of them hybrid projects with writing and/or music and others purely artistic, which she hopes to turn her attention to in the coming years.
She is currently working on her first three-way project, linking music, poetry and bronze sculptures (all of which she is doing herself) for exhibitive purposes. These are based on underwater coral data she gathered in the Coral Reef off Australia and are used sociologically for metaphorical purposes whilst with an environmental aim. She is also lucky enough to have been awarded a residency at the Kokkola Art Museum in Finland in December 2018, in conjunction with Kokkola Art School and Kokkola Town Theatre, where she hopes to exhibit molten metal sculptures with text (all done by herself) (n.b. prior solo residency experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2015).
If you would like to see photos of her joint exhibition in Japan in December 2016 with British sculptor and knife-maker Tobias Ford, please go to 'Exhibitions' in the footer. In this show, they decided to explore the relationship between poetry and sculpture, viewing writing like visual art. They managed to do this through four main ways: Poem inspired by sculpture, sculpture inspired by poem, poem and sculpture growing from a call-and-response process, poem and sculpture created by both at the same time in the same place. 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, fun skill, hand-making artisanal knives from steel, wood, antler and brass.
Dide draws portraits as gifts rather than as grand artistic statements too. If you would like to see some of her work, please click on 'Portrait drawing gifts' in the footer, where you will see some samples. You can commission her by emailing her. Remember to send her a photograph and specify how tonal or graphic you'd like the drawing. Great birthday or Christmas gifts!