Book Review: A Life Made By Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa
Literature about female visual artists can be hard to come by, so when I see a book about a female visual artist - let alone a female sculptor, it has my full attention. Andrea D'Aquino introduces Japanese-American sculptor Ruth Asawa as the pioneering artist "you may have never heard of".
She provides an insight into her upbringing, from her childhood memories on the family farm, to her education at the experimental institution, Black Mountain College. D'Aquino illustrates this book beautifully in earthy, blue tones and hand-cut paper collage, interspersed with drawing in pencil, paint and charcoal.
At the end of the book, she dedicates the last few pages to a biography of Ruth Asawa, information about her practice, resource links and an art lesson idea.
If only there were more photographs of Asawa's amazing sculptures!! The detailed, repetitive lines in D'Aquino's interpretation of Asawa's sculptures, almost do them justice. This book is perfect for young girls aged around 5-7. I am hoping there are many more books for kids like this as there are many, many inspiring female artists out there - potential role-models that deserve our attention.
Mrs Q. rates this book 4.5 out of 5