Over the summer as I was doing my painting project, one of the African artists I found myself researching was El Anatsui. About his work I journaled, “The recycled materials used in Anatsui Gawu’s work, often provokes its viewers into considering the political, social implications of the materials used to make his pieces. I liked how the physicality of their work gave their pieces a powerful presence. I realized that with my thick grounds, I could engage the viewer in a different way. I could use materials to signify life cycles, instead of using literal depictions.”
His name came up again in my West African Art class this past week. I am so excited because he is having a retrospective in Toronto Canada. All of his art work is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! So right now I am in the process of scraping up funds so that I can go and see this amazing show and meet important curators!!
I hope this happens!
I don’t necessary like this video, but it gives us a glimpse of the type of work Anatsui does.