I experience on my journey through life."
During the past 40 years Edwina has created art of international acclaim that includes sculpture and paintings. For the 1979 United Nations’ Year of the Child, she created three different monumental sculptures, installed at UN centers in New York, Geneva and Vienna. A decade later she created Woman Free for the United Nations’ Division for the Advancement of Women, Vienna, Austria. In 1989, to mark the end of the Cold War, Edwina used sections of the Berlin Wall to create a sculpture, Breakthrough, now permanently sited at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Subsequently, Edwina created BreakFree, also cut out from the Berlin Wall, for the Freedom Court at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library at Hyde Park, New York.
In 2007 Edwina’s Pillars of Justice was installed in front of the Toronto Law Courts at the McMurtry Gardens of Justice. The 20-foot-wide aluminum sculpture consists of a stylized courthouse facade supported by pillars shaped like men and women. These represent the jury, the part of the legal system in which the public most often participates. “People are the pillars of justice,” she says.
Edwina does not focus solely on political subjects, but frequently explores the relationships between woman and man. Major works include her series The States of Woman for the New York Academy of Sciences, which include her iconic Eve’s Apple, and The Marriage Bed, which is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
British-born Edwina Sandys is also a United States citizen and has been a New Yorker since the 1970s.
Through her unique life experience, Edwina relates her work to the global issues of our time; environment, equality, war and peace, and in particular women’s causes, and emancipation. Her art now reaches a broad audience through the PBS biographical documentary One Bite of the Apple and her book Edwina Sandys ART.