By Christine Snyder 

In honor of Women’s History Month, FAM’s featured artist of the week is Ruth Asawa!  Ruth Asawa was a modern American artist most well known for her wire sculptures and installation art.  Her interest in art began when she and her family were detained in California at a Japanese internment camp in the 1940s, and her art education continued even while she faced continued discrimination due to her Japanese heritage.  Her career spanned decades, and her work has been displayed and recognized by world renowned exhibitions and museums.  She went on to become an advocate for the arts and an educator.  She is another inspiring example of women who persevere, excel in their field, and give back to the community!


Untitled, 1962

These sculptures appear to be floating when viewed in person.  Even though her sculptures were often made of hard materials, the shapes are soft and flowy and have a lifelike movement.


Untitled, 1974

Bronze and copper wire

The detail here is meticulous, and the wires look like real branches.


Untitled, 1948

Oil on paper

Ruth was also a talented painter!  What do you see here?  Amoebas, ladybugs, aliens?


Ruth Asawa believed that you could take anything you touch and turn it into something beautiful.  This installation feels to me like an underwater habitat.  I hope you want to dive into her art and learn more about this amazing woman!  



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