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WORKSHOP: MILK CARTON SCULPTURES

“An artist is not special, an artist is an ordinary person who can take ordinary things and make them special.” Ruth Asawa

Led by Ruth Asawa’s daughter Aiko Cuneo, this workshop will engage participants in making small constructions using scissors, staplers and strips cut from milk cartons. In the spirit of Ruth Asawa, playful experimentation and discovery will be encouraged.   

MILK CARTONS REIMAGINED

From an early age, Ruth Asawa learned to repurpose materials on her family’s farm. When she went to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, art materials were scarce. Ruth had to be resourceful by using scraps of paper, materials she found in nature, and rubber stamps that were used to mark the college’s sheets. Many years later while working as an artist in San Francisco’s Mission High School, Asawa noticed all the bright red milk cartons being discarded in the lunchroom. Having studied with architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller, she was inspired to work with her students constructing globes to enhance the light fixtures in the school’s cafeteria. Several years later, Asawa worked with a group of artists and a mathematician to explore recycled milk carton art by cutting the cartons into small strips and assembling them to make 3-dimensional geometrical forms. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Aiko Cuneo earned her BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.  She taught workshops and worked as an artist in San Francisco schools. Currently, Aiko is working on a series of paper compositions using recycled security envelopes.  

EXHIBITION

This workshop in presented in conjunction with Beyond the Warp and Weft.

Photo Credit: Laurence Cuneo © Estate of Ruth Asawa

Photo Credit: Laurence Cuneo © Estate of Ruth Asawa

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