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Inspiration: Ruth Asawa

06/05/17

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), born in Norwalk California in 1926 to Japanese immigrant parents, came to prominence in the early 1950s with her abstract wire sculptures.  Citing influences of nature from her childhood, and time spent in internment camps with her family during the war, Asawa was also inspired by basket weaving after a trip to Mexico in 1947.  Wanting to take her drawings to the 3rd dimension, she started her wire weavings.

“I was interested in it because of the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out. It’s still transparent. I realized that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and interweave, it can only be done with a line because a line can go anywhere” -Martin, Douglas (August 17, 2013). "Ruth Asawa, an Artist Who Wove Wire, Dies at 87". The New York Times / International Herald Tribune (online) (Global ed.). The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2017

1. Ruth Asawa amid her works in 1954. She started using wire after a trip to Mexico in 1947. Credit Nat Farbman/Time & Life Pictures, via Getty Images 2. Via www.ruthasawa.com © Ruth Asawa 3. Black Scissors by HAY Design 4. Preview XO Hair Tie 5. Andrej Urem Lace Candle 6. Hawkins NY Espresso Confetti Bowl 7. Ruth Asawa and her children, 1958. ©1958, 2014 Imogen Cunningham Trust 8. Chen Williams Third Eye Vessel 9. Ruth Asawa building a sculpture in her studio, c. 1950's