In May I studied Ruth Asawa for the Dead Artist Society. She has a very fascinating story. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she and her family were held in a Japanese internment camp for almost 16 months. Ruth rarely mentioned how difficult this time was but instead focused on her good fortune. A few Japanese artists from Disney were interned with her and they taught art classes.
Later when she was finishing her teaching degree, she was unable to get a practice teaching position because schools wouldn’t hire a Japanese teacher. Ruth chose to see the silver lining… "Had Milwaukee State Teachers College not rejected me and forced me to the alternative of Black Mountain College, I would have have quietly retired as an art teacher with retirement benefits."
One of the things I loved about studying Ruth is the soft neutral colors in the photos of her work.
And I also loved her general attitude about making: “Sculpture is like farming. If you just keep at it,you can get quite a lot done.”
Ruth had six children in nine years and somehow managed to launch an art career at the same time!