Ruth Asawa

Who Is Ruth Asawa, the Artist in Today’s 


Visitors to Google’s home page on Wednesday, the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, were greeted by a doodle of several objects hanging above a woman kneeling on a mat: the Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa.
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Asawa, who died at 87 in 2013, was best known for creating intricate, woven wire sculptures, many of them hanging mobiles. She lived in San Francisco and created several public fountains around the city, including one near Union Square that she completed in 1972 with the help of 200 schoolchildren.

Asawa was born in Norwalk, Calif., in 1926, and during World War II was held with other members of her family in internment camps for Japanese-Americans, including one in the stables at Santa Anita Racetrack. “It was there,” Douglas Martin wrote in his obituary of Asawa, “that three animators from the Walt Disney Studios taught her to draw.”
“I hold no hostilities for what happened; I blame no one,” she said in 1994. “Sometimes good comes through adversity. I would not be who I am today had it not been for the internment, and I like who I am.”
Asawa’s sculptures are in the collections of several major institutions, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Later in her life, the Christie’s auction house successfully reintroduced her work to buyers, and one of her sculptures sold for $1.4 million in 2013.






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