Ruth Asawa: A Line Can Go Anywhere

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

"I was interested in...the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out...I realised that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and weave, it can only be done with a line because a line can go anywhere." (Wikipedia)

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image credit: ruthasawa.com

If you have seen the work of Ruth Asawa, then you will recognise it instantly. Best known for her looped wire pieces which are unique in their exaltation of lightness and transparency.

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image credit: Nat Farbman/TIme & Life PIctures, via Getty Images

In suspending her crocheted mesh forms, Asawa invites the work to be viewed from all angles, while the elements of light and movement play a part in the sensory experience of her installations.

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Asawa led a truly fascinating life - interned in a Japanese American camp, then a student of the progressive Black Mountain College, a liberal arts school conceived by Albert Einstein and Carl Jung, among others. Here she was taught by Bauhaus artist Josef Albers and developed her interest in arts education which would see her establish what is now the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

Her work is held in many collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim and Whitney Museums.

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image credit: Allen Nomura

Inspired by A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965 - Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, edited by Bobbye Tigerman, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2013

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