float effect

October 13, 2021

“Sculpture is like farming,” said artist, Ruth Asawa. “If you just keep at it, you can get quite a lot done.” Asawa’s parents were farmers, who emigrated to rural California from Japan, hence the comparison. Asawa discovered the technique of weaving and looping wire while watching basket weavers on a service trip to Mexico in the late 40s. Today, her ethereal wire sculptures hang from ceilings, “like drawings in space” at major institutions all over the world. Asawa had six children, some of whom appear in the image below. If you have a few moments today, this vintage footage of Asawa sharing details of her process and vision is quite lovely. On an artist’s relationship with his/her material, she says, “rather than being concerned with your own design ideas and forcing something into it, what you do is you become background, just like a parent allows the child to express himself…”

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