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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! Kids will learn about 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.

In addition to the story itself, an author's note offers additional information, including descriptions of the Asawa family's time in several internment camps, and additional resources include a step-by-step guide to folding a paper dragonfly. Delightful and substantial, this engaging title for young art lovers includes a page of teaching tools for parents and educators.

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"Simple, straightforward text tells how she drew inspiration from Japanese calligraphy, dancers who bent their bodies into shapes, and craftsmen in Mexico who twisted wire baskets. With this last, Ruth had found her medium and her lifelong obsession. Her own wire structures became graceful, weightless works of art, looped structures that invited others to look closely and imagine what they see, providing inspiration to future young artists. Charcoal-and–colored-pencil drawings combine with hand-painted and monoprinted paper in a striking collage representation of Asawa’s work.... This distinctive biography brims with artistic vision as it informs about a signature sculptor." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Andrea D'Aquino
Illustrator Andrea D'Aquino
ISBN 1616898364
Publication Date Sep 3, 2019
Publisher Princeton Architectural Press
Language English