Sophie Dickens' work as a sculptor is figurative, not conceptual, and she describes her subjects as 'within the context of traditional art.' Her inspiration comes from Michelangelo, ancient Greek tradition and the "kinematic" skills of photographer Eadward Muybridge, with an emphasis on muscularity and circular forms.
Anatomy and art history is brilliantly displayed in her work. Today she is able to weld metal rods like lyrical skeletal drawings and choreograph an amazingly fluid technique using concave and convex forms to evoke bone, muscle and sinew and make the complicated creative processes seem effortless.
In her sculpture made for her shows at The Sladmore she has worked on sequences of powerful male athletes leaping, lunging, cart-wheeling - naked figures in "deference to the original Olympians," she says. She chooses sports she describes as traditional "English gentlemanly pursuits" - fencing, gymnastics, diving, wrestling and shooting. Her large Judo bronze figure performing an accurate Morote Seionage throw, which was on show at The Ashmoleon Museum Oxford, was approved by the Olympic Judo organizer and the European Judo Association. Sophie went to the University of Bath to observe and photograph judo students where she chose a vigorous shoulder throw with a circular movement as her ideal composition.
Whether small intimate sculpture, or life size, or even greater than life size the dynamism and pure sculpturality of form which her great technical skill gives the work has built her a wide international following and many prizes and accolades.