A Life Made by Hand
The Story of Ruth Asawa
by Andrea D’Aquino
An artist is an ordinary person who can take ordinary things and make them special.
In Ruth Asawa’s hands, simple wire turned into graceful sculptures as light as air. Inspired by the world around her, Asawa saw beauty in the ordinary: the webs of spiders, wings of insects, and drops of water found in the garden on the farm where she spent her childhood. She studied at the historic Black Mountain College, an unusual school filled with brilliant thinkers like herself. Andrea D’Aquino’s lush collages and engaging text celebrate Asawa’s remarkable career, from her first steps as an artist to the acquisition of her work by major museums around the world.
Introducing children to the fascinating world of the pioneering Japanese American artist, the back matter includes a biography of Asawa, additional reading resources, and a paper-folding activity.