Everything She Touched recounts the incredible life of the American sculptor Ruth Asawa.
This is the story of a woman who wielded imagination and hope in the face of intolerance and who transformed everything she touched into art. In this compelling biography, author Marilyn Chase brings Asawa’s story to vivid life. She draws on Asawa’s extensive archives and weaves together many voices—family, friends, teachers, and critics—to offer a complex and fascinating portrait of the artist.
This richly visual book contains over 60 reproductions of Asawa’s art and archival photos of her life (including portraits shot by her friend, the celebrated photographer Imogen Cunningham). It documents Asawa’s transformative touch—most notably by turning wire—the material of the internment camp fences—into sculptures. Ruth Asawa forged an unconventional path in everything she did—whether raising a multiracial family of six children, founding a high school dedicated to the arts, or pursuing her own practice independent of the New York art market.
Her beloved fountains are now San Francisco icons, and her signature hanging-wire sculptures grace the MoMA, de Young, Getty, Whitney, and many more museums and galleries across America.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches