Artist: Edwina Sandys
Eve's Apple displays Edwina Sandys continued interest
in positive and negative space. This very feminine hand with its polished
fingernails is constructed out of three separately cut planes of steel.
Approaching the sculpture from the side, the piece begins as a series of two
dimensional straight lines, but as the viewer comes closer, more angles begin
to develop and the work gains a third dimension, a depth which reaches its
fullness only when the viewer is staring directly into the centre of the
Eve's Apple captures that moment in the biblical
story just after Eve has taken her important bite from the fruit of knowledge.
It is a complex turning point, an intersection in which a certain kind of
knowledge is achieved while another kind of innocence is lost. The sculpture
represents such tensions with its own construction and the perpetually shifting
interplay of light and shadow it creates. At every different time of day, the
sculpture's multi-layered surface casts different patterns, unique
combinations of darkness and light. The apple is displayed prominently, held
almost proudly in the fingertips, showing off the marking of its bite. Like
most of Sandys' work, Eve's Apple is defined by what is missing. Here
we are presented with that famous cut of fruit that divides our innocence from
experience, the absent bite that simultaneously offered and took away.
About Edwina Sandys
A renowned novelist, painter and sculptor, Edwina
Sandys (pronounced "Sands") was born in England and lived for many
years in Tuscany, Italy before moving to New York City where she now lives. A
"citizen of the world" in more ways than one, Sandys' work
occupies a position of central importance in the closely related realms of
international art and politics.
Her work has always reflected a strong social
consciousness, focusing on several key issues of contemporary society: child,
family, war and peace, woman, and the environment. Her monumental marble
sculptures have been commissioned by United Nations in Rio de Janeiro, Geneva,
Vienna and New York City.
In 1990, her political and artistic passions were
combined once again in a major piece entitled Breakthrough, which is on display
at Fulton, Missouri's Westminster College. This sculpture, which is
constructed from eight massive sections of the Berlin Wall, features male and
female forms cut out from the wall's concrete surface. The work invites its
viewers to walk through a once impassable barrier and has been visited by both
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.