From wire to weightlessness: Ruth Asawa, Untitled

Created in 1958, Ruth Asawa’s “Untitled” sculpture is a wire construction that evokes organic shapes, reminiscent of seed pods or embryonic forms. Despite its ethereal and fragile look, it is crafted from the resilient medium of wire. The piece reflects Asawa’s unique blend of influences from her tenure at Black Mountain College and her cultural background as a Japanese-American, pushing the boundaries of conventional artistic expression. The artwork presents an intricate, suspended piece composed of mesh-like lobes that intersect and billow outward, creating a visual play between solidity and transparency, with light casting complex shadows on the surrounding surfaces.

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