Sophie Dickens | British, Born 1966
Sophie Dickens is a contemporary British sculptor with an international reputation. Her large-scale works have adorned cathedrals and enlivened skylines from Moscow to LA.
Classically trained in the drawing and construction of anatomy as well as a graduate of the prestigious Courtauld Institute London, Sophie Dickens’ in-depth knowledge of form allows her to reduce and abstract to create works that move in all senses of the word. Whether a quick sketch or monumental sculpture, her work is full of dynamism.
Dickens’ instantly recognisable style comes from her technique of building figures from abstract geometric shapes of cut wood and attaching them to a welded armature. Sophie creates monumental sculptures full of passion and life, where the inner workings of the body and mind have burst through the skin and now form the outer shell. Her work is bold and Amazonian, as if her creatures have uprooted themselves from fertile grounds. Her work often contains themes of tragedy but there is a strong sense of fight and survival.
Sophie’s subjects mostly revolve around nature, mythology, the elements and humanity. Her forms full of poetry with lyrical shapes and emotive poses. She has inherited the family ability to evoke the senses, as her great, great grandfather Charles Dickens was so apt at doing, however Sophie Dickens manages to speak volumes without needing any words.