Sold for $15,625
(British, b. 1963)
"Minotaur and Hare on Grate", 1993
incised signature, dated, and numbered "3/9" along edges of base.
h. 31", w. 17", d. 12"
Notes: "I sculpt characters and beings - the dogs, the hares, the minotaurs - are all characters beyond animal form. I'm not interested in making a replica."
Sophie Ryder has created her own mythology, a world populated by a menagerie of hybrid hares, minotaurs, and dogs. Her earliest anthropomorphized figures were monumental constructions intended for outdoor settings and open spaces. Composed of intricately bent and twisted wire, with sawdust, plastic, found objects and metal, these sculptures jauntily occupy space within their natural setting. These hybrid figures with human bodies and animal heads are permitted a degree of freedom of expression, untethered by any societal expectations or pressures, allowing Ryder commentary on human emotions, relationships, and motivations. Significantly, Ryder has stated that the body of the Lady Hare, one of her most identifiable subjects, is modeled from her own.
The sculpture offered here, the Lady Hare and Minotaur, is a figural group that Ryder has revisited in various configuration for decades.
**In overall good condition with a few areas of rubbing/abrading to patination and some soiling in more deeply modeled areas. All consistent with material and usage.