New sculpture by Sophie Dickens at Sladmore Contemporary 1st – 24th October – a dynamic mix of human and animal myth, and metamorphosis
‘Powerful, funny, sexy, innocent and passionate,’ writes Luke Syson, curator and Renaissance historian, ‘full of bucolic shenanigans and beastly bravado.’
Eloquent, perceptive words, from a distinguished scholar, admirer and collector of Sophie’s sculpture. He says, ‘all the rooms of my New York apartment are energized by the presence of bronzes by Sophie Dickens.’
Figurative sculptor Sophie Dickens, great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, has been influenced by the ‘kinematic’ skills of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, with an emphasis on muscularity and circular forms (here in the shape of the Four Winds, dancing like dervishes).
Sophie Dickens’ solo exhibition, the fruit of her labours over the past two years, will include a troop of seven acrobatic monkeys, and a pack of thirteen energetic rats, creeping, and running about and climbing. Sophie takes a contrarian view of rats, believing they make ‘perfect pets.’
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