To be as close as possible to the textures in order to sculpt as close as possible to reality is one of the mottos of Sophie Bonnecaze-Laborde, who is fascinated by the expressions of rare or wild animals.
The frontier between man and animal is often shifting, undefined, and it is this theme that animates Sophie’s sculptures. The artist began by drawing, being particularly interested in human faces. As a teenager, she entered the School of Fine Arts while studying law. Her pencil stroke is affirmed through portraits. But Sophie discovered sculpture a few years later and it was the trigger. As time went by, the artist became increasingly interested in the animal world and particularly in rare species or those that have been very little represented in sculpture. Paleontology, the evolution of hominids, ethology and more specifically the behaviour of great apes or the cognitive capacity of animals are all subjects she is passionate about and which she translates into her sculptures. Her work in clay, bronze or earthenware, transcribes the humanity of the animal, in order to make us aware of our own animality.
On her terracotta pieces, the artist applies patinas, composed only of natural pigments. The bronze pieces are cast using the lost wax process.
The artist works in close collaboration with her founder in order to obtain patinas that are as close as possible. Sophie Bonnecaze-Laborde likes to surprise with colourful bronzes, with subjects that are not often represented, but she remains very concerned with the accuracy of the attitudes and morphological details of the animals.