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In Greek mythology, the minotaur is generally viewed as a ferocious and violent creature feeding on man for sustenance. Ryder explains;
"The first minotaur that I made was violent too, and was produced a long time before I learnt how to sculpt. The piece was enormous and it collapsed on top of me, but while the minotaur lived up to his reputation, I started to mould him more according to my vision. As a child, I loved Picasso, and his image of the minotaur struck a chord with me. Picasso's minotaur is more sexually aggressive, but sometimes also loving and caring. Developed as a partner to the Lady Hare, my Minotaur is not threatening, but strong, loving and protective."
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