“I am primarily interested in making it possible for people to become as independent and self-sufficient as possible. This has nothing really to do with art, except that through the arts you can learn many, many skills that you cannot learn through books and problem-solving in the abstract. A child can learn something about color, about design, and about observing objects in nature… Art will make people better, more highly skilled in thinking and improving whatever business one goes into, or whatever occupation. It makes a person broader.” – Ruth Asawa
Ruth Asawa (b. 1926) is a Japanese-American artist who works in sculpture, painting, and drawing. In 1974, she conducted several day- and week-long sessions at the Exploratorium during which she and groups of young people made complex geometric structures with empty milk cartons. In addition, she made two beautiful panels of folded paper with black-and-white patterns.
The Tinkering Studio will host her daughter, artist Aiko Cuneo, at the next Tinkering Social Club: Milk Cartons Re(imagined) Thursday, September 25 7-9pm.
Photos © Exploratorium