Sophie Ryder is a figurative artist who focuses on animal imagery, in particular hares, dogs, and minotaurs, to comment on universal human emotions and relationships. She creates drawings, bronze sculptures, collages and prints, but is best known for her wire drawings and sculptures. Wire, which adds a heavy textured surface to the sculptures, is not suitable for outdoors, so some of the pieces are cast in bronze. This piece was created in response to the tragedy of 9/11 and the way in which many mourn.
Meijer Gardens also owns a model of this piece.
Sophie Ryder. Introspective, 2005. Bronze, 85 x 264 x 204 inches overall. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Sophie Ryder.