"A sixteen-year-old American saw several FBI agents take her father away. He was a truck farmer that hadn't committed any crime, but for several months, she didn't know if he was alive or dead. Then her family was forced to move away from their farm and to live in horse stables. Why? Because of the presidential Executive Order 9066.
Ruth Aiko Asawa was an American, but she was also considered a 'Nisei,' a child born to Japanese immigrant parents, and as such, a security risk. All she wanted was to attend art school.
After six months, they moved her from the horse stables at the Santa Anita Park ( @santaanitapark) in Arcadia, California and sent her to the Japanese American concentration camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.
Even when observed by armed white guards and surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, Ruth Asawa's skills could not be held back. It might sound ironic, that the first prize she ever received was for an artwork she did of the Statue of Liberty ( @statueellisnps), in a school competition about what it means to be an American. She excelled in her art classes and with the help of a sympathetic teacher, Ruth was allowed to leave camp to continue her studies, as long as she stayed away from the coasts.
Ruth eventually ended up in San Francisco, and she played a crucial role in the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts ( @sota_shows). Her work is displayed in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ( @guggenheim), the Whitney Museum of American Art ( @whitneymuseum), San Francisco's de Young Museum ( @deyoungmuseum), and among other places, we can also find her work right here, the San Francisco Fountain.
This whimsically interrelated fountain basin features bas-relief scenes of San Francisco, but they're not all hers. Ruth cast everything in iron, but the designs were created by two hundred schoolchildren who were asked to mold images of their coast city of San Francisco." - Comrade (the human)
"Look! 👀 It has a stuffie sitting on top of a building! If it explodes, I'm sure the hoomans will blame us doggies for it! 🙄" - Sinatra
📢: In collaboration with @onlyinsf