Crawling, 1999. Bronze, 366 x 550 x 200 cm.

Sophie Ryder’s Creatures of Determination and Dexterity

There is little doubt that 20th- and 21st-century British sculpture has been one of the defining forces of contemporary art. From public enthusiasm for Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to current fascination with today’s illuminating figures, a tradition has persisted nearly without interruption. Sophie Ryder, who emerged on the scene in the late 1980s, has been one of the most original forces contributing to this tradition. Her sculptural endeavors in wire and bronze, as well as her drawings, tapestries, collages, and prints, have quietly placed her among the most sensitive and sensible artists working today. Seemingly indifferent to market trends and art world fashions, she has remained committed to exploring form and content in accordance with her own vision while expanding that vision in dimensions truthful to her spirit, iconography, and choice of media…see the entire article in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.