Figurative artist Sophie Ryder 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, and 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 works are cast in bronze. This piece was created in response to the tragedy of 9/11 and the way in which many mourn.

Sophie Ryder. Introspective, 2005. Bronze, installation (dimensions variable). Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Sophie Ryder.

Sophie Ryder. _Introspective_, 2005. Bronze, 85 x 264 x 204 inches overall. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Sophie Ryder.