Edwina Sandys

Talk, Book Signing and Luncheon
Thursday, March 20, 2014
11:30 a.m.


The artistic appeal of Edwina Sandys lies in her diverse subject matter. From the sacred to the secular to the most essential questions about politics and society, she has tackled big ideas with panache. Edwina has combined the lighthearted and the profound in a way that is at once playful and thought-provoking. Her clearly-recognizable style uses positive and negative images to powerful effect. During the last 30 years, Edwina has created art of international acclaim that includes sculpture, paintings, collage and works on paper. With corporate and institutional clients as diverse as the Monsanto Company and the United Nations, 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. Breakthrough has attracted a succession of world leaders to Fulton, including Ronald Reagan, who gave the work’s 1990 dedication address. Eighteen months later, Mikhail Gorbachev made an historic visit, and in 1996, Margaret Thatcher aptly illustrated the meaning of Breakthrough by boldly stepping right through one of the cut-out figures in the 32-foot-long sculpture. Subsequently, using the pieces cut out from the Breakthrough sculpture, Edwina created a sister sculpture, BreakFree, for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. In BreakFree,the figures of Man and Woman, emerging from symbolic barbed wire, express man’s irresistible quest for freedom. Edwina is passionate about creating art that is inspired by political issues, as demonstrated by Twin Crosses, commissioned for the US Embassy Residence in Dublin, which incorporates a scarred fragment of the World Trade Center. Her most recent work, Pillars of Justice, was dedicated in June 2007 in front of the Law Courts in Toronto, Canada. In addition to her political subjects, Edwina also frequently explores the relationships between man and woman. Major works include her series The States of Woman and The Marriage Bed, which is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.