SOPHIE has been immortalised with a stunning mural in Sydney just in time for Mardi Gras
Just over a month on from the tragic passing of the incomparable artist SOPHIE, a mural has been painted in her honour in Sydney. Electronic duo Stereogamous posted images of the piece, which now sits next to an equally glorious mural of George Michael, both done by artist Scott Marsh.
Stereogamous, comprised of Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour, are synonymous with music that makes you feel GOOD. They’ve remixed or collaborated with Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Hard Ton, Jake Shears, Sia, Sam Sparro, LCD Soundsystem, Light Asylum, Beni, The Presets and more. The wall on which the murals have been painted marks significance for the Sydney queer community and beyond as its the location of which the first iteration of Michael was desecrated and vandalised at the time of the incredibly damaging and traumatic postal survey on same sex marriage in Australia. The incident, in what Stereogamous describe as a “beautiful twist”, was highly publicised, and saw the image repurposed on shirts, mugs, candles and even a float for that year’s Mardi Gras. It also inspired a musical written by Mac himself, which was created from extensive interviews and voiced by queer performers. The wall was repainted at the end of 2020 with a new depiction of Michael, as a queer messiah of sorts riding a majestic unicorn. A fitting place indeed then to honour SOPHIE.
In a post on Twitter, Stereogamous shared the news of the new mural, writing “We honour & respect this heroic artist who ascended from this realm too soon. Grateful for her bravery & musical legacy. She now glows gloriously next to dear Saint George Michael at this memorial park.”
On Instagram, they elaborated, saying, “Happy LGBTIQA Mardi Gras dear people. We adore @sophie_msmsmsm so much. Losing her has been a painful experience for our community. We wanted to honour her and @scottie.marsh has turned out this beautiful mural for the lovers and dreamers. Her bravery and production will inspire the planet for eons to com. into. A daughter of all of music’s outliers, and uniquely her own.”
“In the words of @jonnoxrevanche “Pretty spectacular that one person can contain the analytical mind of Wendy Carlos/aphex twin as well as the showgirl sensibilities of Amanda Lepore/early 2000s Kylie Minogue. May we all aspire to alienate heterosexual men at electronic music festivals in her honour”
The murals are on a public wall on the corner of Bray Street and Flora Street in St. Peters. Rest in peace SOPHIE.
Words by Emma Jones
Image permission from Stereogamous