Sandys’ frolicking female is divided in half by the two panels of this lithograph. The effect is like that of a magician’s assistant sawn in half, yet it is clear who dominates the power balance in this tongue in cheek scene of relaxed sexual freedom. Sandys, who identifies strongly with the feminist movement, said ‘It is natural that I use the female form to express many of my ideas, but I do not shy away from any of the driving forces in my life including the man/woman relationship, motherhood, sensuality, sexuality, satire and humour, as well as suffering and disappointment.’
Frolic on the Green
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 52.1 x 77.5 cm Tate. Presented by Curwen Studio 1978 © 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.