A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

by: Andrea D'Aquino

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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D'Aquino / ISBN 9781616898366 / 40-page hardcover, about 8.5 x 11, from Princeton Architectural Press

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"At once whimsical and subdued, charcoal, colored pencil, and collage art captures the wonder of her innovative wire sculptures."--San Francisco Chronicle

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education. This lushly illustrated book by collage artist Andrea D'Aquino brings Asawa's creative journey to life, detailing the influence of her childhood in a farming family, and her education at Black Mountain College where she pursued an experimental course of education with leading avant-garde artists and thinkers such as Anni and Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg. Delightful and substantial, this engaging title for young art lovers includes a page of teaching tools for parents and educators.

Andrea D'Aquino is an artist and author. Her previous books include an illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Once Upon a Piece of Paper. Her work appears in magazines and newspapers around the world. She lives in New York City.