Inspiration: Sculpture by Ruth Asawa

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a few leisurely days wandering the streets of San Francisco while Boris was there for a conference. The weather was gorgeous, still in the throws of late summer warmth and the bluest of blue skies.

My very first stop (after a hearty breakfast) was to visit the de Young Museum in Golden Gate park. The building is amazing and I love their permanent collection, but my favourite work is by Ruth Asawa.

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Ruth Asawa is best known for her crocheted and tied wire sculptures, but also has numerous public art pieces located around San Francisco. She passed away in August of this year.

All of the sculptures pictured here are part of the permanent collection at the de Young Museum, and are located in the ground floor lobby of the observation tower.

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Revisiting these sculptures six years after my previous visit to SF and I feel even more inspired by Ruth Asawa’s work than the first time. They feel so relevant to my current body of works in paper. It is the shadows these cast as much as the sculptures themselves that get to me because this is what I want to achieve with my sculptural paper cut work.

More photos from San Francisco coming soon.

2 thoughts on “Inspiration: Sculpture by Ruth Asawa

    • Rachael says:

      I regret not buying a book about her work from the gift shop when I was there, but maybe I can pick it up on Amazon.

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