The artistic appeal of Edwina Sandys lies in her diverse subject matter. From the sacred to the secular, from politics to society, Sandys tackles big ideas with panache, combining the lighthearted and profound in a way that is at once playful and mind-provoking. Her clearly recognizable style uses positive and negative images to powerful effect.
Over the last 30 years, Sandys has created art of international acclaim that includes sculpture, paintings, collage, and works on paper. Her work has reached a wide audience far beyond the realm of the private collector. Early in her career, for the 1979 United Nations' Year of the Child, she created three monumental sculptures, which are now installed at UN centers in New York, Geneva and Vienna. A decade later, she used dismantled sections of the Berlin Wall to create an extraordinary sculpture, Breakthrough, now permanently sited at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Winston Churchill gave his historic "Iron Curtain" speech.
She does not, however, focus solely on political subjects, also exploring the relationships between man and woman. Major works include her series "The States of Woman" and "The Marriage Bed" in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
From her earliest work of social commentary, which began in London in the 1970s, Sandys shoeds her own distinctive style, which readily translated into other materials. Most notable of her bronzes is Christa, a female Christ figure on the cross, created in 1975. After being displayed in numerous churches, Christa was installed during Easter 1984 in New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The media coverage created a worldwide furor, and she experienced the double-edged sword of public debate, as both praise and outrage flooded in.
Today, her works are mainly large-scale metal sculptures which include her iconic "Eve's Apple" and her "Sunflower Woman" commissioned by Henry Buhl for his celebrated Sunflower Collection.
A New Yorker by choice and marriage, Sandys was born and raised in London. In 1969, she considered standing for Parliament, which placed her squarely within her family's tradition. Her father was Duncan Sandys, the British Cabinet Minister, and her grandfather was Winston Churchill. Through her richly varied life experience, Sandys is uniquely situated to create work related to the global issues of our time.
Her work is now reaching a broader audience through the recent airing of the PBS biographical documentary "One Bite of the Apple."
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