Ruth Asawa

Encountering Ruth Asawa’s art, I’m consistently inspired by the graceful linear elements, the masterful delivery of materials and the visual experience created by light and shadows.

Asawa’s story starts in 1926 born in southern California, the fourth of seven children.  She struggled through The Great Depression and her family was interned in 1942 for six months.   In 1943 she studied to be an art teacher in Wisconsin and then attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina.  Her teachers included: Josef Albers, Merce Cunningham and Buckminster Fuller.   Eventually she got married and had six children!

Since 1953, Asawa has extensively show her work including: the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York,  the de Young Memorial Museum and many others.

“The best ideas come unexpectedly from a conversation or a common activity like watering the garden. These can get lost or slip away if not acted on when they occur.”  Ruth Asawa

An amazing woman and role model…

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