Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Discover Nikkei is a project of the National Museum.

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Strength in Beauty: Ruth Asawa

"I can see glimpses of my childhood in my work. The seemingly endless patterns we made in the dust, the shapes of the flowers and the vegetation, the translucence of a dragonfly’s wing when sunlight pours through it—these things have influenced my work.” - Ruth Asawa, 2001

Strength in Beauty

For Nisei artist Ruth Asawa, her work reflects the richness of everyday life and the beauty of ordinary things. Her intricately crocheted wire sculptures, lithographs, and drawings, speak of the organic foliage and flower forms she encountered while working on her family’s farm in Norwalk, California.

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