A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa
Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education. This lushly illustrated book by collage artist Andrea D'Aquino brings Asawa's creative journey to life, detailing the influence of her childhood in a farming family, and her education at Black Mountain College where she pursued an experimental course of education with leading avant-garde artists and thinkers such as Anni and Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg. Delightful and substantial, this engaging title for young art lovers includes a page of teaching tools for parents and educators.
Author’s note. More about Ruth Asawa. Resources. Instructions to make a paper dragonfly. Full-color illustrations created with charcoal and colored pencil drawings combined with hand-painted and monoprinted paper.
JLG Release: Oct 2019
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School Library Journal
8 1/2 x 11
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Princeton Architectural Press
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Ruth Asawa (1926–2013), US women sculptors, California, Biography, Art and artists, Japanese American sculptors, Black Mountain College, Nature and the natural world, Wire sculpture,