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Asawa at Work

When Asawa went to Black Mountain College, she studied with one of the most important teachers in American Art. His name was Josef Albers and he was from a famous art school in Germany called the Bauhaus. The most important lesson she learned from Albers was to experiment with materials. "The artist must discover the uniqueness and integrity of the material." Albers called these exercises matiere exercises. Here you can see two aspects of Asawa's work.


View Asawa's process as she made the Japanese American Internment Memorial in San Jose, California.
View photographs that show you how Asawa experimented with the integrity and unique properties of paper over many years, and then extended the ideas into new forms such fabricating fountains in steel for fountains and casting the paper model in plastic and plaster.


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