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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Sophie Woodrow





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Sophie was drawn to working with clay from an early age. Born in Bristol in 1979, she graduated in 2001 from Falmouth College of Art with a BA in Studio Ceramics. Since then she has refined an intricate labour-intensive technique and a highly distinctive visual language. Each piece is hand-built, involving coiling, incising and impressing to create a delicately textured surface.

Her work has been informed by an interest in the Victorians as the first generation who chose to define nature in opposition to what is human. In a spirit of wild curiosity, tinged with fear, the Victorians idolised nature, ‘packaging’ it into highly romanticised, palatable works of art. Our modern-day understanding is very different, so that we now interpret much Victorian art as ‘unnatural’ or kitsch.

Pursuing an interest in natural history, Sophie has looked particularly at our continually shifting theories of evolution. Her work has been inspired by the enormous misinterpretations of geological evidence made by the Victorians, often with bluff self-confidence. She regards these misinterpretations as a game of Chinese whispers played over millennia.

Sophie’s sculptures are not visitors from other worlds, but the ‘might-have-beens’ of this world. She seeks to assemble creatures from the strange notions of what we define as ‘nature’ and of each other as people – as ‘other’.
















Born Bristol 1979
Studied Falmouth College of Art BA Hons. Studio Ceramics

Working from:
2001-2 Market Mews Studios Penryn Cornwall
2002-4 Jamaica Street Studios Bristol
2004-6 Vulcan Studios Sheffield
2006 Jamaica Street Studios Bristol
2009 BV Studios Bristol






Nicola Hicks















"Born in London in 1960, Nicola Hicks studied at Chelsea School of Art, and took her MA at the Royal College of Art. In 1982 Elizabeth Frink spotted her raw talent and predicted that she would be ‘a very great artist one day’. Twenty years on, Nicola Hicks has lived up to Frink’s expectations exhibiting widely and being given an MBE for her contribution to the visual arts.









Hicks’s practice adeptly combines discipline and skill to create sculptural works with both charming and menacing qualities. The study of anatomy and drawing is essential to her work. Although not concerned with mimetic representation her achievement is founded on a unique ability to capture the physicality and psychology of the animal and human figures she creates. " ...












Sophie Ryder





Sophie Ryder was born in London, England, in 1963. She studied Combined Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts where, while obtaining her diploma in painting, she was encouraged by fellow artist to develop her sculpture. Inspired by Picasso, Goya and Henry Moore, she famously developed the Lady Hare as a counter part to Ancient Greek mythology's Minotaur.














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