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Tied Wire Sculpture



In 1962, Asawa started making tied-wire sculptures like the ones shown here. "I started in 1962 when a friend of ours brought a desert plant from Death Valley and said, 'Here's something for you to draw.' I tried to draw it, but it was such a tangle that I had to construct it in wire in order to draw it. And then I got the idea that I could use it as a way to work in wire. I began to see all the possibilities: opening up the center and then making it flat on the wall, and putting it on a stand."




Asawa often describes these tied-wired sculptures using terms from nature, such as "tree" and "branching form." She began with freely branching forms modeled on nature, and then refined them into more abstract forms using geometric centers of four, five, six, and seven points. If you look at these sculptures, you can see how the number of points in the center defines the forms that the branches take.

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