Lady hares, minotaurs and dogs sculpted by Sophie Ryder are to stalk the grounds of Lister Park and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.
The internationally acclaimed artist uses manipulated wire or cast bronze to create hybrid animals that offer tender and insightful commentaries on universal human emotions and interpersonal relationships.
Small and large scale sculptures, drawings and tapestries will be shown at the Bradford Council-run venue from Saturday, 1 December until Sunday, 14 April 2013.
Sophie is best known for a narrative series based around the Lady Hare, which is a creature of her own invention with a hare’s head and a female body that is modelled on her own. She is often portrayed alongside a masculine minotaur and a canine companion.
The mythical creatures – which are portrayed walking, crawling or standing – are frequently made out of scrap materials. These include sawdust, wet plaster, old machine parts, and acid baths.
Sophie will support the exhibition with a talk, during which she will discuss her work and exhibition in the gallery and outside in Lister Park. It will be held on Sunday, 16 December between 12noon-1pm. Admission is free but it is necessary to book a place in advance by contacting 01274 431212.
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Executive Member responsible for Culture, said: “It is wonderful to bring Sophie Ryder’s work to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and it will be great to see some of her large-scale works in the grounds of Lister Park which acts as a fabulous back-drop.”
Sophie Ryder was born in London and studied Combined Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts. She received a diploma in painting but during her studies she was encouraged to develop her sculpture. Inspired by Picasso, Goya and Henry Moore, she developed the Lady Hare as a counterpart to Ancient Greek mythology’s Minotaur.
Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 1984 in many parts of the UK, mainland Europe, Canada and America. She has also undertaken a number of residences including at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Salisbury Cathedral.
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