RUTH ASAWA (1926-2012)

Desert Flower


Lithograph T.1469 II 1965 BAT; Edition:20
22 x 27 5/8 in (55.9 x 70.2 cm)

Signed: S,Tam&printer chops, lr ii/iii T.1469II
Framed: 1
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After experiencing the displacement into interment camps and discrimination against Japanese citizens during World War II, Ruth Asawa found her way to Black Mountain College in North Carolina. She was fortunate to have had, among the teachers and guides, Buckminster Fuller, Hans and Anni Albers and others who encouraged expansion of her vision to a unique ‘aesthetic voice’.

Asawa translated her elegant copper and monel tied-wire or bronze sculptures into the images she drew on the stones at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in the 1960s.

From the delicate, woven forms of her three-dimensional sculpture, she transposed the light, the space, the lacy forms confidently onto the sheet of paper . These unique and complex ‘forms within forms’ became an environment of dense foliage and flower forms. In lithographs, sculptures or drawings, Asawa’s ‘oneness’ for natural forms is revealed.