Sophie Ryder

 Crawling Lady Hare
Crawling Lady Hare

Sophie Ryder (born 1963, London, UK) is a sculptor who specialises in portraying mythical animals.


Ryder graduated in 1984[1] in Combined Art at the Royal Academy of Arts, receiving a diploma in painting. She was encouraged to develop her studies in sculpting. Most of Sophie Ryder's sculptures are of mythical creatures and humans and animals. She uses animals to explore human emotions and showing that feelings can be read.


Sophie Ryder has mainly focused her work on mythical creatures. Her most known piece is the Lady Hare, a hare with a female human body.[2]

In 1994 a sculpture of five minotaurs was banned from an exhibition at Winchester Cathedral because of the prominence of their genitalia.[1]


When asked about what influences her, Sophie replies, "I don't sit and contemplate what it is I am trying to achieve. My head is full of ideas all the time. It is part of my life. I don't plan anything, it just comes."[3]

When asked why she portrays hares she replied, "Well, I find it difficult answering that question because I don't really know the answer. It's the same as asking me why I make sculpture, and the answer is, because I feel driven to. So it's difficult to always pin down reasons. My introduction to hares was when my lurcher dog would proudly bring hares home and drop them at my feet."[3]


  1. 1 2 Alberge, Dalya (7 April 1994). "Cathedral ban on sculptor's 'indecent' minotaurs: Sophie Ryder's latest work has fallen foul of church censors because of its 'too prominent' genitalia.". The Independent. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. Simon Carnell (2010). Hare. Reaktion Books. p. 174. ISBN 1861897898. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. 1 2 Bennington, Jonathan. "Sculpture Home". Retrieved May 15, 2012.
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