Edwina Sandys has made negative space a powerful element in her sculptural work. In an interview with Elysian Women
with Karen Floyd, Sandys said ‘The space is not nothing, but nothing is as something as the outer part…. It’s just the space. But you notice it, and you read the space. So, that became more or less one of my signature ways of making sculpture and maybe painting too.’ She employs this technique here in her lithograph, leaving the circus performers as white space, suspended over a busy and densely coloured crowd.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 72.1 x 54.6 cm Tate. Presented by Curwen Studio through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © Edwina Sandys
Edwina Sandys (born 1938) is a New York based British artist and sculptor. Sandys’ parents were aristocratic (her father was a Baron and her mother the daughter of Winston Churchill), and was a debutante herself. She had a career as a newspaper columnist and novelist before becoming an artist in 1970. At first a successful painter, she turned her attention to sculpture in the mid-1970s, and has exhibited her work internationally. In 1984 she was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours for services to British cultural interests in New York.