Ruth Asawa was an American sculptor and arts education advocate who was born this week, on January 24, 1926. Her family was Japanese American and was forced into internment camps by the American government during WWII. She later attended the progressive Black Mountain College, founded in North Carolina by Josef Albers. Around the same time, Asawa learned her most well-known wire sculpture technique from basket makers in Mexico. She went on to found an innovative public school art program and public arts high school in San Francisco, and served on the California Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.
This portrait is part of a collaboration with WFMU’s DJ Trouble. She selects an artist per week in 2020 and I draw them.
See the full series here: caitlinkeegan.com
Caitlin Keegan is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of The Illuminated Tarot deck (illuminatedtarot.com).
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