Ruth was a student at Black Mountain college from 1946 - 1949 and she studied under Josef Albers.
In the 1950's her use of wire combined with looping was considered very daring and a new form of experimentation with materials.
"I was interested in ... the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out. It's still transparent. I realized that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and interweave, it can only be done with a line because a line an go anywhere." Ruth Asawa, The sculpture of Ruth Asawa, Contours in Air, University of California Press
|1954 Life Magazine Feature, photograph by Nat Farbman|