Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa

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Chronicle Books
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7.5 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.95 pounds

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About the Author
Marilyn Chase is a journalist and teacher, and the author of The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco.

"Everything She Touched reveals the emotional life and personal trials of a social pathbreaker and civic leader. Author Marilyn Chase connects the barbed wire and dispossession of Asawa's early life to the artist's transformative approach to spooled metal, and intimately conveys the teeming creative life inside her home studio as it filled with six children. The most pronounced through line is Asawa's deliberately interwoven family and art practice." --KQED Arts

"Undulating in form and almost dreamy in effect, the famous lantern-like sculptures of Ruth Asawa have been recognizable for decades. But Asawa's life is as rich in detail and twisting in path as any one of these designs, as this new biography by Marilyn Chase makes clear." --Architectural Digest online

"Art world recognition for Ruth Asawa keeps climbing higher and, now, Everything She Touched by Marilyn Chase arrives to tell Asawa's amazing life story. Full of documents and fantastic photos--especially those by Imogen Cunningham--we can admire the magic of her sculpture and beauty as a person." --Harry S. Parker III, former director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

"Thoroughly researched and engaging, Everything She Touched gives context to the tumultuous times Ruth Asawa lived through and the forces that shaped her artistic vision and her generous unassuming spirit. On so many levels, Marilyn Chase's book made me admire Ruth Asawa even more than I did already." --Delphine Hirasuna, author of The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

"Ruth Asawa's vision shaped the artistic landscapes of public and private spaces, but it is her enduring legacy of life, love, and family that truly inspires. Through the prisms of grief and glory, Chase weaves Asawa's unique history into a compelling and sensitive portrait of a genius whose beauty would not be denied." --Vivienne Schiffer, author of Camp Nine and producer and co-director of Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration

"Tempting as it is to view Asawa's life as an artistic rags-to-riches parable, the story is far more shaded and nuanced. That rich narrative emerges in a scrupulously researched and lucidly written new book Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa by Marilyn Chase." --San Francisco Chronicle