In the summer of 1947, between terms as a student at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, Asawa traveled to Toluca, Mexico, on a service trip. In the local markets, she discovered craftspeople making wire baskets. The experience inspired her technique of looping wire around wooden dowels. “You work on it as you go along,” she explained. “You make the line, a two-dimensional line, then you go into space, and you have a three-dimensional piece.” Asawa made Untitled (S.114 . . . ), among the most evocative and ambitious of her hanging wire sculptures, in her studio on Saturn Street in San Francisco.
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