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Ruth Asawa: Of Forms and Growth (film)


Documentary profile of Nisei artist Ruth Asawa produced and directed by Robert Snyder. Of Forms and Growth includes footage of Asawa at home, in her garden and at work, and features the artist talking about her artistic influences and techniques. In particular, she highlights the influence of artists Joseph Albers and Buckminster Fuller, and the film includes footage of Asawa and Fuller. She goes on to talk about the various media she has worked with, including ink and oil paintings, wire and paper sculptures, and sculptures made from baker's clay. The film also explores Asawa's community work, particularly in establishing art programs in schools as well as a community arts festival. Photographer Imogen Cunningham talks about photographing Asawa and her family and about Asawa's marriage to Albert Lanier. Asawa's early life—including her wartime incarceration—is covered only briefly, and her later work that is influenced by Japanese American history is not noted.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Ruth Asawa: A Community Artist (2008); Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto (2001); Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo (1990)

Media Details
Release Date 1978
Runtime 25 minutes
Director Robert Snyder
Producer Robert Snyder
Music Mitsuru Yuge
Cinematography Robert Fitzgerald, Jr.
Editing John Ferry
Studio Masters & Masterworks Production, Inc.
IMDB Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243534/