The US Postal Service pay tribute to Ruth Asawa

The Japanese-American artist’s work will decorate the stamps of the country that once incarcerated her for being of Japanese descent.

Words Adam Bryce
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While Ruth Asawa’s name is now an icon of American art, it wasn’t always plain sailing. The iconic sculptor was once held in a detention camp during World War II along with over 100,000 other Japanese-Americans and people of Japanese descent. She learnt to draw during her detainment and went on to study at Black Mountain College alongside other famous alumni such as architect Buckminster Fuller and artist Josef Albers.

It was here that Asawa began experimenting with sculpture and crafting wire-weaved forms, the images of which will now be immortalised on a special collection of United States Postal Service stamps. Asawa, who passed in 2013, spent much of her career advocating for arts education and the employment of artists to create public works of art. And, so, only fitting that her work should now be seen in one of the most public of art forms.


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