It’s our final podcast of 2022!
DLS co-founders Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire join producer Susan Stone to toast the holiday season, chat about this year’s good news in Dead Ladies, and to introduce our featured Dead Lady, artist Ruth Asawa.
Born to Japanese parents on a farm in California, Ruth Asawa first developed her artistic tendencies tracing shapes in the dirt. When her family was interned during World War II by the US government (along with thousands of US citizens with Japanese heritage, following the bombing of US military base Pearl Harbor by the Japanese) her life was put on hold, but she made opportunity where she could find it. When she was prevented from becoming a teacher by anti-Japanese prejudice and laws, she studied art and became a sculptor, often weaving cheap found material and wire. Her public artworks and her art education advocacy made her chosen home city, San Francisco, a more beautiful place, and her sculptures are now auctioned for millions, and exhibited around the world.
A young Ruth Asawa, front and center with her feet missing
Ruth, Albert, and family
Art and family
First show, San Francisco 1960
More wire art, from above
That mermaid fountain, first of many
Working with children
Working with her son Paul Lanier
For more of Susan Stone’s podcasting prowess, why not try Spatial Delight about geographer Doreen Massey, which is edited by Susan and hosted and produced by 2-time DLS Podcast star Agata Lisiak.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
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Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.