Ruth Asawa
United States, 1926–2013

My teachers at Black Mountain College were practicing artists. . . . They taught me that there is no separation between studying, performing the daily chores of living, and creating one’s own work. Through them I came to understand the total commitment required to be an artist.

Ruth Asawa, “Artist’s Statement,” in Ruth Asawa: Completing the Circle, ed. Philip E. Linhares (Oakland: Oakland Museum of California, 2002).