Friday, April 4, 2008

Ruth Asawa

Untitled, at the Oakland Museum of California

Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa creates twisting, ethereal, organic shapes out of that most prosaic material, metal wire. Her methods of crocheting and tying the wire transform her medium into something softer and more elegant than you could believe possible for large scale metal sculptures; layered, almost fecund pod and sea-creature shapes and tree-of-life mandalas that look like maths gone Wild.

Ms. Asawa was interred by the US Government in the panic following the outbreak of WWII. She lived through and has built on these experiences to create public works of incredible beauty. Pay her a visit, it's inspirational.

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