Sandys’ depiction of ‘sea shells’ here, set against a wavy blue sea and orange shore, allude to the nude female form. 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.’
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Original: Lithograph on paper 41.6 x 59.1 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.