Here Sandys presents us with a nude female form against a wavy blue sky, seen as if from the point of view of the woman herself, looking down at her breasts and pregnant belly. Fertility, pregnancy and reproductive cycles have been associated with the lunar cycle for centuries in folklore, and Sandys alludes to this with her title, Moonscape
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Original: Lithograph on paper 32.4 x 59.4 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.