Ruth Asawa overcame great adversity to achieve renown as an artist.
Born in California to Japanese parents on this day in 1926, Asawa and her family were forcibly moved to concentration camps during WWII as part of the U.S. government’s internment of people of Japanese ancestry. Later, she was denied opportunities that would qualify her as an art teacher. In 1946, however, she began studying at Black Mountain College with Anni and Josef Albers and visionary architect Buckminster Fuller.
A trip to Mexico in 1947 led Asawa to experiment with the technique of wire-looping, inspired by traditional Mexican basket weaving. The resulting forms, hovering suspended from the ceiling as seen here, became her signature style.
See "Untitled (S 407)" (about 1952) in "Women Take the Floor," now on view: http://bit.ly/2God39X